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Facts about Banana melon

Banana Melon Quick Facts
Name: Banana Melon
Colors Green when young turning to yellow as they ripe
Shapes Banana shaped melons up to 16 to 24 inches long and 4 inch in diameter
Taste Salmon-colored flesh
Calories 21 Kcal./cup
Major nutrients Vitamin C (9.00%)
Vitamin B9 (5.00%)
Vitamin K (4.08%)
Copper (3.89%)
Vitamin B6 (3.85%)
Banana melon which looks like a cross between a papaya and a banana is actually a sister of cantaloupe and cousin of cucumber. It not only looks like a banana but also has a hint of banana taste together with cantaloupe, as well as a hint of banana aroma. It has a salmon-colored flesh, much like cantaloupe and a yellow rind. Banana melon plant prefers full sunlight location with well-drained soil for good production. Some say it gets its name from the shape and some say it has a banana like flavor. This melon is wonderful as a dessert or snack. It is also use to perk up salads, salsas, entrees and drinks.

Plant Description

Banana melon plant is a vining warm season plant that grows in full sunlight location and prefers well-drained, fertile soil amended with compost or well-rotted manure. A 2-inch layer of compost or dry manure should be worked into the soil over the planting area to about a depth of 6 inches. The plant yields tasty elongated banana shaped melons up to 16 to 24 inches long and 4 inch in diameter and average weight up to 5 to 8 pounds each. Fruit is normally green when young turning to yellow as they ripe. Banana melon has smooth yellow skin and salmon-colored flesh. Banana melons rapidly turn yellow in a short time as it ripens. You can also check the stem of each fruit for dryness. Ripe fruits have a dry stem that is brown and somewhat shriveled. Ripe fruit has mild, distinctive, evocative flavor and luscious, papaya-like texture.

Nutritional Values of Banana Melon

Apart from their mild, distinctive, evocative flavor and luscious, papaya-like texture, Banana melon is a good source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Consuming 100 gram of Banana melon offers 8.1 mg of Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid), 20 µg of Vitamin B9 (Folate), 4.9 µg of Vitamin K (phylloquinone), 0.035 mg of Copper, 0.05 mg of Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), 4.06 g of Carbohydrate, 140 mg of Potassium, 0.46 mg of Vitamin B3 (Niacin) and 0.21 mg of Iron.

Nutritional value of Banana Melon (Navajo)
Serving Size: 100 g

Calories 21 K cal. Calories from Fat 1.8 K cal.

Proximity Amount % DV
Water 94.66 g N/D
Energy 21 Kcal N/D
Energy 90 kJ N/D
Protein 0.84 g 1.68%
Total Fat (lipid) 0.2 g 0.57%
Ash 0.24 g N/D
Carbohydrate 4.06 g 3.12%
Total dietary Fiber 0.3 g 0.79%
Total Sugars 3.36 g N/D
Glucose (dextrose) 1.3 g N/D
Fructose 2.06 g N/D

 
Minerals Amount % DV
Calcium, Ca 13 mg 1.30%
Iron, Fe 0.21 mg 2.63%
Magnesium, Mg 10 mg 2.38%
Phosphorus, P 9 mg 1.29%
Potassium, K 140 mg 2.98%
Sodium, Na 11 mg 0.73%
Zinc, Zn 0.14 mg 1.27%
Copper, Cu 0.035 mg 3.89%
Manganese, Mn 0.036 mg 1.57%
Selenium, Se 0.4 µg 0.73%


 
Vitamins Amount % DV
Water soluble Vitamins
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 0.02 mg 1.67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.018 mg 1.38%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.46 mg 2.88%
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) 0.07 mg 1.40%
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.05 mg 3.85%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 20 µg 5.00%
Folate, food 20 µg N/D
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 8.1 mg 9.00%
Fat soluble Vitamins
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 4.9 µg 4.08%

 

*Above mentioned Percent Daily Values (%DVs) are based on 2,000 calorie diet intake. Daily values (DVs) may be different depending upon your daily calorie needs. Mentioned values are recommended by a U.S. Department of Agriculture. They are not healthbenefitstimes.com recommendations. Calculations are based on average age of 19 to 50 years and weighs 194 lbs.

Culinary Uses

  • This melon is wonderful as a dessert or snack.
  • It is also use to perk up salads, salsas, entrees and drinks.

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