Native to South America, this oval shaped fruit is related to the Solanaceae family, which also includes potatoes, eggplants and tomatoes.
This deliciously sweet and refreshing fruit tastes like a mix between a melon, a cucumber, and a pear. It can be used in salads, smoothies, as a garnish, in desserts, or simply cut in half and eaten with a spoon.
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How to eat
How to store
- 7,5 - 10ºc
- Wash before eating
Research into the health benefits of this fruit is currently being carried out in the following areas:
Pepino Melon is...
A HIGH NATURAL SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
Half a cup of melon pear provides 50% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. This vitamin is essential for skin, bones, and connective tissue, plus it increases iron absorption.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF VITAMIN A
One serving (100 grams) of melon pear provides 6% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Besides helping you see in the dark, vitamin A stimulates the production of white blood cells, helps bone turnover, and regulates cell growth.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF CALCIUM
Half a cup of melon pear provides 3% of the recommended daily intake of calcium. The body needs calcium to develop healthy bones and teeth. Calcium also helps muscles relax and transports impulses through the nerves.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF IRON
Half a cup of melon pear provides 2% of the recommended daily intake of iron. The body needs this mineral to produce proteins, hemoglobin, and myoglobin. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells, while myoglobin is present in muscles. These two proteins help carry and store oxygen in the body. Iron is also essential for growth, development, cellular functioning, and synthesis of some hormones.
The cucumber melon or pepino melón, is also known in Spanish as pepino dulce, and pepino de fruta. It is also known as “water pear,” because of its high water content (92%). This yellow colored fruit is normally oval shaped and it bares purple stripes when ripe. The tree produces small blue, purple or white flowers. Although there is no existent fossil record of this fruit, probably because of its soft, quickly perishable pulp, it is widely depicted in ceramic objects from the pre-Columbian cultures of Chimú, Moche, and Paracas. Originally from the Andean region, in Colombia, melon pear is often found in the same states that produce lulo. It is a tropical species that grows in temperate, mountainous, and coastal climates. Did you know that regular consumption of melon pear can help lower blood pressure and regulate blood sugar levels? It is also said to be effective in treating liver disorders and preventing diabetes. The melon pear is a tropical species that grows in temperate, mountainous, and costal climates.
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