Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

Sponsored: Are you a Sweet or Salty Melon Person?

Sponsored: Are you a Sweet or Salty Melon Person?

Whether it’s a honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon, muskmelon, casaba, or some type of melon more difficult to find;

there seems to be a distinct line between people who like them with a sprinkle of salt and with savory dishes and others who enjoy them for their sweetness – though of course there are some who like their melons both ways. 

If you’re a fan of more enjoying melon with savory or salty flavors you may enjoy melon with a sprinkle of salt, on a skewer with mozzarella cheese or in a version of a caprese salad with melon instead of tomato, added to cottage cheese, made into a salsa to top pork, grilled chicken, or fish or maybe just a slice of melon with a thin slice of prosciutto or ham.

If you like more of the sweet flavor of melon you might enjoy it in chunks added to a fruit salad, pureed in a smoothie or drink, made into popsicles or just a simple slice as a dessert.

To pick your perfect melon:

• Find one that feels heavy.

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• Check the skin to make sure it has no major imperfections and is relatively smooth.

• Do the smell check – it should smell slightly sweet.

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian

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