Cantaloupes, originally cultivated by the Egyptians, were first brought to America by Christopher Columbus in 1494 with an average weight of 3-4 pounds. There are exceptions to this vitamin enriched melon, such as the giant 26 lb. cantaloupe grown by Jay Brandon of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Jay attributes his gigantic fruit to his special pig poop compost. Fortunately you and I can enjoy my favorite Cool Cantaloupe Smoothie recipe without pig feces.
One serving of Cantaloupe provides the full daily recommendations for Vitamin A and C. Being high in beta-carotene and antioxidants, this wonder melon is a great way to protect our eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration. Plus as an added bonus these fruits are fat free, cholesterol free and low in calories.
Helpful tips: 1) To make the fruit softer and juicier, leave an uncut cantaloupe at room temperature for 2-4 days. 2) The distinctive netted skin of a cantaloupe can contain harmful bacteria so always be sure to thoroughly wash before cutting. 3) To prevent risk of bacterial pathogens keep for only three days after having been cut.
For this cantaloupe smoothie recipe you’ll want to select a very sweet melon by choosing a fruit from a Western Shipper with the peduncle (stem) still attached, and without a musk aroma.
2 cups Cantaloupe (seeded, peeled, cubed)
1 cup Peaches (washed, cubed)
1 Banana (peeled, sliced)
1 ½ cups (approx. two 6 oz containers) Yogurt (choose: Strawberry, Peach or Orange)
½ cup Fruit Juice (choose: Orange, Pineapple, or Strawberry Kiwi)
1 Tbsp Honey
1 tsp Vanilla extract
DirectionsPlace ingredients in a blender. Begin mixing by pressing the on/off pulse button. As the mixture becomes blended, increase speed and continue mixing until the fruit reaches a smooth consistency.Pour into your favorite chilled glasses & garnish with orange or lime slice and serve. Serves two. Sources:
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