Sunnah Foods: Melons
By: Sobia Hussain
Warm summer days are fast-approaching! This means spending more time outdoors, barbecues with family and friends and of course sweet juicy seasonal fruits. Of the array of fruits we can enjoy during the summer are the many variety of melons. Most commonly eaten are watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe.
Did you know melons are also a Sunnah food? It is said our Prophet (saw) would eat melons with fresh dates.
“Whenever you eat fruit, eat melon, because it is the fruit of Paradise and contains a thousand blessings and a thousand mercies. The eating of it cures every diseases. None of your women who are pregnant and eat of watermelon will fail to produce offspring who are good in countenance and good in character.” (Prophet Muhammed, SAW)
With such blessings and benefits, it’s worth taking a closer look at these juicy melons and making them a part of our regular diet.
This Sunnah food is full of health benefits. Not only is the melon an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamins from the B group, it is also rich in minerals such as potassium, manganese, iron and phosphorus.
Consuming melons may help control blood pressure, regulate heartbeat, and possibly prevent strokes. Melons are also abundant in disease-fighting antioxidant, vitamin C. Many of the melons are also high in beta-carotene. Researchers believe that beta-carotene and vitamin C are capable of preventing heart disease, cancer, and other chronic conditions. A potassium-rich diet helps keep salt from raising blood pressure and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and possibly age-related bone loss. Watermelons, in specific, are a valuable source of lycopene, one of the carotenoids that have been studied in humans. Research indicates that lycopene is helpful in reducing the risk of prostate, breast, and endometrial cancers, as well as lung and colon cancer.
Tips to help you choose the right melon:
Colour: Watermelon and honeydews should be dull in appearance as a shiny outside is the sign of an under ripe melon. Cantaloupes should be golden or orange in colour underneath the net-like rind. Avoid melons with an overly green or white color.
Smell : A good melon should smell sweet, aromatic at the round spot where the vine was once attached.
Size: Compare similar sized melons and choose the heavier one.
Tap : A melon should sound hollow when tapped with the palm of your hand.
Check for Defects: Avoid melons with bruises, mold, cracks or soft spots.