try 3 recipes with melon

Vaida Budrienė, communications manager of the shopping chain “Iti”, said that melons are a favorite of the chain’s customers throughout the year.

“Melons have not been new to Lithuanians for a long time, and if before customers bought these fruits more often on various occasions, we notice that now melons are included in the customer’s daily basket as well.” Sweet melons are not the only fruits from hot countries that customers like. “Lithuania is also interested in mangoes, figs, kiwis and other things, which are popular in autumn,” said V. Budrienė.

More than 40 species

According to Jolanta Sabaitienė, an employee of the fruit and vegetable department of the shopping chain “Iki”, there are 40 types of melons in the world.

“The birthplace of melons is Africa and the exotic valleys of Southwest Asia. Historical sources say that they have been cultivated by the ancient Egyptians. These fruits are especially common in Iran and India. From those areas, they came to Europe. and it is the favorite snack of Europeans”, said J. Sabaitienė.

It is important to include melon in your daily diet, regardless of its type. Melon consists of about 92 percent water, therefore, tasting this fruit reduces thirst and maintains a normal amount of fluid in the body.

In addition, after eating at least a couple of bowls of this fruit every day, the body will absorb a lot of vitamins A, C, E, minerals that improve skin condition, vision and strengthen immunity.

Marinated, toasted bread

Pickling is a great way to prepare not only vegetables, but also fruits for a longer period of time. It may sound a little surprising, but melons are also good for pickling. In addition, it is very easy to pickle melon at home. Just 5 ingredients for this: vinegar, salt, red pepper flakes, basil leaves and water.

“Peel the melon, cut it into cubes and put it in a 1 liter jar. In a separate pot, mix vinegar, water, add salt and red pepper flakes. Bring this mixture to a boil and heat it for a few minutes. Pour the marinade on the melon, add the basil leaves. Wait let the melon cool down, cover it tightly and leave it for a few days in the fridge”, says J. Sabaitienė.

A popular way to use melons is to make a fresh salad that can be eaten on its own or served as a side dish to meat or fish dishes. It is very easy to improvise when making a salad with melon. You can use melon, blueberries, feta cheese, fresh basil, mint leaves, olive oil, your favorite spices.

Many of you have tasted banana bread, but have you tried making it from melon? You will prepare this dish in no time – you can prepare it in 15 minutes and bake it in an hour.

Melon bread can be eaten alone, it is also delicious baked in a dry pan and served with ice cream.

Bread or melon cake

You will need:

  • 0.5 kg grated melon (without skin)
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 3/4 century sh. ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 centuries sh. salt
  • 1st century sh. ground ginger
  • 1st century sh. of soda
  • 1st century sh. baking powder
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 pcs. egg
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2nd century sh. vanilla extract
  • butter

How to do it

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Lubricate the baking form with butter. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, salt, ginger, baking soda, and baking powder.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla. Add grated melon.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix well. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 1 hour, until the surface is soft and brown. Serve when the bread has risen slightly. It also goes well with ice cream. Delicious!

Salad with cured melon and ham

You will need:

  • 100 g balls of mozzarella cheese
  • 80 g of cured ham
  • Bunch of chopped fresh mint
  • 0.5 kg melon
  • 2 v. sh. olive oil
  • 2 v. sh. lemon juice
  • 1st century sh. liquid honey

How to do it

Wash the melon, peel it and cut it into small bite-sized cubes. Place on a plate. Top with mozzarella cheese balls and slices of prosciutto. Sprinkle fresh mint on top. Prepare the sauce. Mix olive oil, lemon juice and a tablespoon of liquid honey in a small bowl. Mix everything and pour the sauce on the salad.

Cold melon soup

You will need:

  • 1 large melon
  • 2 v. sh. olive oil
  • 0.5 a. sh. salt
  • 1st century sh. grated lemon peel
  • 1 year sh. balsamic vinegar

How to do it

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Wash and peel the melon, cut it in half, remove the seeds, cut it into small pieces and put it on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until the fruit is soft and starting to brown.

Transfer the melon to a large bowl and puree until smooth. Add olive oil to the same bowl, add salt. Mix everything. Put it in the refrigerator and keep it until the soup cools. When serving, sprinkle with lemon zest and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Delicious!

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