NOTE: When my younger daughter lived in New York she told me of her experience in a lamp shop. The sign said: Just Lamps. Since she needed a bulb for her lamp, she thought this would be a good place to go. The clerk told her, “Sorry, no bulbs. Just lamps.” When planning this article on melons, I thought of this anecdote & decided to use the title Just Melons. See why below:
This is a serving platter filled with only melons: cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon. Enjoy!
( I used about 1/3 of a watermelon, 1/2 of a cantaloupe, and 1/2 of a honeydew melon. I love the mixture of colors and tastes. I added some fresh peppermint leaves from my patio garden for “decoration.”)
In Natural Hygiene literature, foods digest best when they are compatibly combined. For example, sweet fruits such as bananas go better with sub-acid fruits like grapes, and not as well with acid fruits (ex. oranges). Likewise, acid fruits go better with sub-acid instead of sweet fruits. And almost all fruits can be combined with lettuce, such as a green salad with raspberries. In fact, my Guide to Proper Food Combining Chart states that lettuce and celery may even enhance the digestion of the fruit.
There is one exception: MELONS. These fruits are high in water content and do not combine well with other foods, even other fruits, according to natural hygienic concepts. Melons are more than 90% liquid. Therefore, they leave the stomach quickly if not delayed and fermented by combining them with other foods. If you have had problems with melons at your meal (bloating, gas, etc.) try eating them alone, unless you are actually allergic to them. Make them a separate meal or snack not too close to the beginning or end of your meal.
Instead of a specific recipe, I am giving you some melon information that might be useful:
1. Buy ripe melons. Press at the stem end to see if it gives a little. Sometimes cantaloupe have a nice smell that tells you it is ready.
2. Wash the outer surfaces well. Dirt or bacteria on the outside can cling to the knife blade.
3. Use a curved grapefruit knife to cut away the skin from the flesh.
4. Melons are listed as fruits that are low to medium in sugar content. Cantaloupes’ orange color tells us it is rich in vitamin A as well as other nutrients; honeydew is a good source of potassium, copper and B vitamins; and watermelon contains lycopene (phytonutrient found in red and orange foods) that are often linked with good cardiovascular health and possibly bone health. Also, melons are fairly low in calories. (See my Glossary for phytonutrient definition: www.menupause.info/glossary.)
To read more about Food Combining in my Nobody Eats Like Me category, you can click on these links:
Part I – https://www.menupause.info/archives/7332
Part II – https://www.menupause.info/archives/7338
Part III – https://www.menupause.info/archives/7346
Part IV – http://ww.menupause.info/archives/7351
Food Combining Menu Ideas- http://ww.menupause.info/archives/7355
Remember: Just melons!!!
Recipe P.S. I forgot to include this in my berry recipe. My young friend Molly sent me this link for a no-bake Summer Berry Tart I want to try. Here is the recipe from Foodie Underground: http://foodieunderground.com/no-bake-summer-berry-tart-with-honey-and-olive-oil/.