Musk Melon is a native to central Asia. It is grown in the tropical regions for a very long time. Musk melon is widely known as ‘Cantaloupe’. It is a round with firm, orange, moderately-sweet flesh and a thin reticulated light-brown rind. Varieties with redder and yellower flesh exist but are not common, and they are not considered as flavorsome as the more common variety.Musk melons are majorly cultivated in India ,it is cultivated in the summer season from April to July.
Musk melon being an annual plant is cultivated from the seeds. The plants have to be watered lightly. It is a monoecious plant where the male and the female flowers are distinct. The melons are easily grown in sandy soil. Manure is essential for a healthy growth. Dry river beds are the most suitable for melon cultivation. Unripe melons should be stored at room temperature until they ripen. The two principal varieties of muskmelon are those with netted skins and those with smooth skins.
The creamy flesh can be consumed chilled or as fruit juice. Melons make a good combination for custards and fruit salads.
There are numerous health benefits of Musk Melon; its juice is very much effective in conditions like Lack of appetite, Weight loss, Urinary tract infections, Constipation, Acidity, and Ulcer. Musk melon reduces heat in the body to a great extent, relieves tiredness, enhances appetite and is an effective laxative. It is a good source of Vitamins A, B, and C. Musk Melons are rich in potassium, a nutrient that may help control blood pressure, regulate heart beat, and possibly prevent strokes.
Other health benefits of muskmelon are that Muskmelonsare also abundant in vitamin C, also they are rich in beta-carotene. Researchers believe that beta-carotene and vitamin C are capable of preventing heart disease, cancer, and other chronic conditions.