In Season: August to September
Melons can be tricky to grow in our climate but there are a few dedicated farmers who manage to bring them to market. Watermelon, cantaloupe, and Montreal are a few of the melon types that may be available. Their refreshing juiciness is a great treat in the summer when sliced and eaten right away. Melons are also great in salads- both savoury and sweet- chilled soups and frozen in sorbet.
Most melons can be kept at room temperature until completely ripe. When the melons are ripe then move them into the refrigerator. Melons are ready when they emit a ripe smell from their stem end. Watermelons are different and need to be stored in the refrigerated right away. Also, because they must ripen on the vine, they don’t emit a ripe smell.
Melons are low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. They are also a good source of Dietary Fibre, Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Folate, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Potassium.