Carbs in Honeydew Melon

Honeydew Melon Nutritional Information

Honey dew melon
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Honeydew melons are the larger, green-fleshed cousins of the cantaloupe. They are also related to cucumbers, and squashes.  The seeds are also edible.

Honeydew melons are fairly low in carbs, but since they are large, it's easy to get more than you think, so check your portion sizes carefully.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Honeydew Melon

  • ½ cup of cut-up honeydew melon: 7 grams of effective (net) carbohydrate, plus 1 gram of fiber and 31 calories
  • 1 wedge of melon (1/8 of a 6- to 7-inch diameter melon): 15 grams of effective (net) carbohydrate, plus 1 gram of fiber and 58 calories

Glycemic Index for Honeydew Melon

There is no scientific study on the glycemic index of honeydew melon, however, some sources report that the glycemic index of the cantaloupe is 65.

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Glycemic Load of Honeydew Melon

  • ½ cup of cut-up honeydew melon: 2
  • 1 wedge of melon (1/8 of a 6- to 7-inch diameter melon):4

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Health Benefits of Honeydew Melon

Honeydew melons are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of potassium.

Selecting and Storing Honeydew Melons

Choose melons that are heavy for their size and have a smooth, undamaged rind with a waxy feel to it. The honeydew should have a sweet fragrance when you sniff the stem end.  They will continue to ripen if they sit at room temperature, but should be refrigerated as soon as they ripen or are cut.

  Melon freezes well - just cut into chunks and put in a zip-type freezer bag.

Serving Suggestions

- Serve with prosciutto or thinly-sliced ham for a sweet/salty contrast.

- There are few things more refreshing on a hot summer afternoon than a cold slice of honeydew melon

- For a fun change, sprinkle lime juice and chile powder on top.

  Or if spice sounds too strange to you, mince some mint leaves up fine - melon, lime, and mint is a wonderful combination

- Puree it and make popsicles

- There is a story that Marco Polo, when exploring the Middle East, came upon people who were drying honeydew melon slices in the sun.  I have no idea whether this is a true story, but apparently there are people who dry melons, either in a food dehydrator or a low oven.  It could be fun to try!

- Make a cold soup, for example, this one:

Low-Carb Recipe with Honeydew Melon

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Sources:

Leroux, Marcus, Foster-Powell, Kaye, Holt, Susanna and Brand-Miller, Janette. "International table of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2002." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol. 76, No. 1, 5-56, (2002)

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28

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