Despite their hardy appearance, melons are quite perishable. Keep ripe melons away from other fruit so that the ethylene gas that they produce does not speed up the fruit's ripening. Uncut ripe melons should keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. When storing a halved melon, leave the seeds in to help keep it fresh. Once you've cut into a melon, wrap the remainder in plastic and it should keep in the fridge for about 3 days.
Melon is a good source of Vitamin B6, Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C.
- Melon is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Its closest relatives are squashes and cucumbers.
- Roasted and dried melon seeds are used as snack in the African and Indian culture.
- Almost all parts of melon (fruit, seed, leaves and roots) are used in traditional Chinese medicine.