Cantaloupe is a Muskmelon, a very fragrant melon, also called as Kharbooza in Urdu. It is a delicious fruit with its origins in India. It has a hard netted rind with delicious sweet juicy edible pulpy peach colored flesh with a musky aroma and flavor. The seeds are arranged in the center in a fibrous net.

Cantaloupe ~ Kharbooza

This fruit is very easily digested, and has a high water content. It is rich in folate, fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium, fructose, glucose, sucrose, traces of copper, manganese and zinc; the phytonutrients include beta carotene, caffeic acid, ferulic acid and rutin. Cantaloupe contains more beta-carotene than any other melon.

Kharbooza helps lower blood cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. It helps lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, boosts immune system, protects against macular degenaration, and aid liver health. It has also has antitumur and anti-inflammatory properties.

Choose Cantaloupes that have a prominent veins on the thick beige colored rind. They should be firm to touch, not soft, and heavy. Store them at room temperature for around 4 days. Then refrigerate and store them for almost 5 days. Wash the Cantaloupe thoroughly, so to avoid any risk of carrying the bacteria from the skin into the fruit with the knife. Cut the melon into thin slices. Peel the skin of the individual slices and cut the flesh into pieces and chill in the refrigerator. Serve the required melon pieces into invividual bowls and pour chilled milk. Sprinkle granulated sugar and serve. You can store the remaining in an air tight plastic box for almost 3 days.


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9 Responses to “Kharbooza”

  1. I love this melon… It’s so delicious, and I love it mixed in fruit salads!

  2. Great info thanks!

  3. Hey Mona , iska milkshake bahot acha banta hai, i also love it with sprinkleed lemon/lime.

    Rahin, Never had a Kharbooza milkshake, will try it definitely. ~Mona

  4. Its a bliss in this summer, i love the flavor of this juicy fruit and to share a secret, we used to wash and sun dry its seeds and then peel and eat at leisure..wish i had some more fun time now ,the way it used to be during childhood 🙁

    Alka, even my Ammi used to do so during my childhood. They used to be delicious. ~Mona

  5. I have been preparing milkshake of this as well as plain juice all through this week! 🙂

  6. these immediately announce summer..lovely!

  7. It is amazing how natural foods can be so good for us.

  8. Assalamu-alaikum Mona, I used to think kharbooza were persian melons, and not cantaloupe. Are you sure about this?

    Wa-Alaikum-AsSalam Nabeela, Cantaloupe/Muskmelon and Kharbooza are the same as far as I have researched. ~Mona

  9. beautiful click,muskmelon is one of our favorite summer fruits:)

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