How to Eat Pepino Melon

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How to Eat Pepino Melon

How do you eat raw pepino melon?

 Pepino on its own tastes great and makes a great snack in the middle of the day. Just munch on slices or cubes of pepino melon when you want something cool and refreshing to fill you up.

 Melon and prosciutto is a classic snack for a charcuterie board, and it tastes great with pepino melon. Just use a toothpick or skewer to hold the pepino melon and prosciutto together.

Toss some cubed pepino melon with some slices of cherry tomatoes, green peppers, and red peppers. Sprinkle on some feta cheese and fresh parsley before adding a pinch of black pepper and a dash of olive oil.

  • You can also use pepino as a substitute for honeydew or melon when you make a fruit salad.

 Scoop some yogurt into a bowl and mix in cubes of pepino melon and any other fruit you like to make your parfait. Sprinkle some granola into the yogurt for some added crunch too.

Pepino Melon Recipes

Poaching in sugar enhances the fruit’s natural sweetness. Blanch a full pepino melon in boiling water for 3 minutes. Then, dip the pepino melon in an ice bath for 1 minute. After that, pull the peel off of the fruit and cut it into cubes with your knife. Put the melon pieces in a pot with 1 cup (240 ml) of water, ½ cup (100 g) of sugar, and 1 tsp (1.4 g) of cinnamon for about 5 minutes before serving them.
  • Try putting your poached pepino melons on top of ice cream or cake if you want an even sweeter, fruitier flavor.
 Start by cutting 2 mangos into cubes and adding the pieces to your blender. Scoop the seeds out and cut the pepino melon into cubes as well. Add the pepino melon and 14 cup (59 ml) of milk to your blender. Run the blender until the fruit has a smooth consistency to make your smoothie.
  • Drop a couple of ice cubes in your blender to help cool your smoothie down.

 Whisk together 14 cup (59 ml) of honey, 2 12 tablespoons (37 ml) of balsamic vinegar, and ½ tsp (1.6 g) of chile flakes in a bowl. Cube 2 or 3 ripe pepino melons, ⅓ cup (50 g) of figs, ½ cup (85 g) of sliced grapes, ½ cup (65 g) of pecans, and 2 sliced scallions in another bowl. Toss the pepino melon mixture in the honey and balsamic, and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper before serving the salsa.

  • Pepino melon salsa tastes great paired with any protein, so try it on chicken, whitefish, or pork for a really tasty meal.

If you’d rather try pepino melon in savory dishes, you can cook it like squash while the skin is still green and the fruit feels firm.Slice the pepino melon into cubes and toss the pieces in some oil, salt, and pepper. Set your oven to 450 °F (232 °C) and bake the pepino melon for about 20 minutes to soften the pieces and make them edible.

What does pepino melon taste like?

Fresh pepino melon has notes of cucumber, cantaloupe, honeydew, and pear.When they’re ripe, they have a texture similar to a plum. Before they ripen, pepino melons are firmer and have a more pronounced cucumber taste.

How can you tell if a pepino melon is ripe?

When pepino melon is unripe, it has a green or pale white color. Wait until the pepino melon develops yellow skin and forms purple stripes to know that it’s ready to eat. You’ll also notice a sweet, fragrant smell similar to cantaloupe as it ripens.

  • Ripe pepino melons can bruise easily, so handle them carefully.

What are the benefits of pepino melons?

 Pepino melons are rich with vitamins A, B, C, and K, as well as minerals like iron, zinc, copper, manganese, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.