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Melons- storage tips and recipes

Melons

Canteloupe Storage Tips:

Because of the rough texture of the melon, which are grown in a natural environment, it is a good idea

to follow the safety tips outlined here from the University of Wisconsin Extension office:

 

 After purchase, refrigerate cantaloupes promptly.

 Wash hands with hot, soapy water before and after handling fresh cantaloupes.

 Scrub whole cantaloupes by using a clean produce brush and cool tap water immediately before

eating. If you use soap or detergents, be sure to rinse the melon well before slicing.

 Use clean cutting surfaces and utensils when cutting cantaloupes. 

 If there happens to be a bruised or damaged area on a cantaloupe, cut away those parts before

eating it.

 Leftover cut cantaloupe should be discarded if left at room temperature for more than two

hours.

 

Watermelons store best out of the refrigerator for up to a few days, and you can chill them right before

you want to eat them. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures will cause the flesh to become mushy,

but once you cut into the melon, it must be refrigerated immediately.  Cut melon will only last a day or

two in the fridge.

 

 

Watermelon Salad

Instead of offering watermelon wedges at your next cookout, branch out with this sweet and savory

watermelon salad featuring cubed watermelon, red onion, kalamata olives, mint, and feta cheese. Even

with all the added flavorful ingredients, it still weighs in at only 46 calories per 1/2-cup serving.

 1/2 cup chopped red onion

 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)

 4 cups cubed seeded watermelon

 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives

 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint

 1/2 cup (2 ounces) feta cheese, crumbled

Preparation

1. 1. Combine onion and juice in a medium bowl; let stand 10 minutes. Add watermelon, olives,

parsley, and mint. Cover and chill 1 hour. Sprinkle with cheese.

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