CANTALOUPE TIPS

Do you love cantaloupe? Want to enjoy cantaloupe all year long? I have found some tips on the web that will assist you in enjoying this summer delicacy all year long!  And more good news……….we have plenty of cantaloupe here on the farm for you to be able to afford stocking up on this juicy deliciousness.

How to Dehydrate Cantaloupe:

1. Remove cantaloupe rind and seeds
2. Cut into bite-sized pieces about 1/4″ thick
3. Dehydrate cantaloupe at 100 degrees (F) for approximately 30 hours (or until pliable)
4. Store dried cantaloupe in a clean, dry, airtight container, in a cool dark location (Light can cause discoloration)

How to freeze Cantaloupe:

Halve the melon and remove seeds. Peel and cut fruit into 1″ cubes (or easier yet just use a melon scoop and make melon balls instead). Place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet in a single layer. Freeze just until melon has frozen through. Store in freezer bags, remove air, seal, label and freeze. Frozen this way, you can remove the exact quantity needed at any time. However, it is best to enjoy this fruit before it thaws completely. Try serving it partially frozen as a desert.

Cantaloupe is packed with nutrition! This refreshing melon has fiber, potassium, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, B-6, folate, niacin and C. It contains the largest amount of digestive enzymes of any fruit, helps relieve anxiety and insomnia, helps prevent hardening of the arteries and is low in calories.

Ways to enjoy cantaloupe:

1. Eat plain

2. Slice or dice with other melons, like honeydew and watermelon

3. Slice in half and fill center with cottage cheese or ice cream

4. Juice

5. Blend as a cold soup with sour cream or yogurt

6. Blend with a small amount of water

7. Blend with peaches

8. Serve slices with honey or flavored yogurt

9. Serve with chopped mint

10. Carve out and use as a basket for a fresh fruit salad

11. Cantaloupe is a good choice for fruit leather

12. Dried cantaloupe makes a nice snack or addition to trail mix

Juicing and blending cantaloupe:

With a juicer that extracts pulp, juice the entire cantaloupe, seeds, skin, the whole thing! Of course you can skin it, but it is not necessary. When using a high-powered blender like Blend Tec or Vita Mix, use skinned and seeded cantaloupe. Cantaloupe juice is good by itself, or mixed with strawberries, pineapple, grapes, and/or oranges. When storing cantaloupe, you can leave a whole firm cantaloupe at room temperature for several days. Otherwise it is best to store it in the refrigerator. Cut cantaloupe should be wrapped to ensure the ethylene gas it emits does not affect the taste of texture of other nearby foods. The Food and Drug Administration allows for cut cantaloupe to be stored at room temperature for up to 4 hours.

Note:  Give the farm a call or send an email if you have any questions, or if you are interested in ordering cantaloupe. We can deliver it with your CSA box or to a farmer’s market when we have a booth.

(775) 867-3750 or (866) 638-6293                   lattinfarmsnevada@gmail.com

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