HEALTH BENEFITS OF MUSKMELON SEEDS
Author – Bharti Dhawan
Summer has blessed us with the tastiest and juiciest fruits ever. Melons and muskmelons are few of them. Their pulp and juice are like nectar in the scorching heat. Not only this but the tiny seeds in the core of these fruits serve some significant health benefits to you if not discarded as waste after eating the pulp. And If you do so, you deprive yourself of the cheapest ever sources of micronutrients provided by nature.
WHY SHOULD SEEDS BE INCLUDED TO THE DAILY DIET?
Have you wondered why these tiny looking seeds are a big deal now? There is a hidden treasure of some wonderful minerals, vitamins and antioxidants in them. These wonder seeds are the storehouse of vitamin A, C and E and also contain magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron and unsaturated fatty acids. So next time when you are going to get rid of them, think several times! Eat the melons, muskmelons and their seeds as well. All of them are good for your hair, skin and the eyesight.
These seeds are widely available on the shelves of any departmental stores as this is becoming the latest and hottest trend to use them in one way or the other. If the seeds are not available, an easy process will help you to get them in the powdered form.
HOW TO REMOVE THE SKIN OF THE SEEDS OF MUSKMELON?
1- Cut the muskmelon into 2 halves
2- Scoop out the inner fibrous stuff in which seeds are trapped
3- Soak the inner stuff in water for a few hours or overnight. You will notice that the fleshy stuff is swollen now
4- Transfer it to a colander. Mash it with hands by rubbing under running water
5- The fibre will drain out of the colander and the seeds will be left inside
6- Dry the seeds under the sun for a day or two
7- Add the seeds to a blender and blend
8- Sieve them to separate the seed powder from the husk. Discard the husk and store the muskmelon seed powder in a container for later use
9- Large quantity can be refrigerated to prevent from spoiling
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF THE SEEDS?
The seeds of melons, muskmelon, flax and pumpkins have high nutritive values. These can be used in many ways. The seeds can be dry roasted and munched. The dry roasted crunchy seeds make the best toppings for the soups, salads and sandwiches. All the seeds can be blended to convert into butter. Seed butter is a great option to use as a sandwich spread.
Seeds grinded into powder provide wider options. These can be added to smoothies, soups, curries and dals as a thickening agent. Unlike nuts, the seeds do not cause allergies. Next time steer towards the healthier seed options instead of the unhealthy foodstuff. Be cautious to use not more than 1 tsp of seeds per day. So, from now on-
GO SEEDLICIOUS FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR HEALTH