Cantaloupe Juice

The muskmelon, which is often called a cantaloupe, provides delicious, energy producing juice with far fewer calories than you might expect. The average muskmelon has less than two hundred calories and is loaded with vitamins A and C, along with potassium and folate, a water-soluble vitamin that the body uses to manufacture red blood cells.

Cantaloupes are a nutrient dense fruit and offer large amounts of digestive enzymes. Because cantaloupes are so nutrient dense, they are a common ingredient used during juice fasts.

 Cantaloupe Juicing Tips

Select heavy cantaloupes for the most juice. It’s quite okay to juice the seeds of the cantaloupe, and as with most fruits, the outer portions of fruit also offers a nutritional boost . As long as the outside is thoroughly washed, you can peel the outermost netting off and juice the rind too. Just be aware, juicing the rind will affect the flavor of the juice.

Safety Concerns when Juicing Cantaloupes

Cantaloupes are often implicated in cases of foodborne illness. Safe methods of preparation and storage are always important things to consider when juicing fruits and vegetables, however, cantaloupes are more problematic because of their unique rind, which can harbor bacteria like salmonella and E. coli. Slicing a dirty cantaloupe can spread bacteria as the knife blade passes through the outer rind and into the fruit. Therefore, thoroughly washing the outside of the cantaloupe before slicing is an important rule. The University of California, Davis publication titled Cantaloupe: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy provides helpful guidance on safe ways to handle and store cantaloupe.

As a side note on safety… 

Food safety is one thing, but the process of cutting melons can be dangerous too. Shortly after bragging about her new knives, my wife decided to slice her finger wide open while cutting a watermelon in half.  The emergency room staff told us incidents involving melons and knives were very common in their ER. A simple pair of Cut resistant gloves would have been a worthwhile investment.

Note: In the United States, the muskmelon is commonly called a cantaloupe.  The true cantaloupe is seldom found in the  U.S., but, the muskmelon is very common.   We refer to the cantaloupe and muskmelon interchangeably. 

About Chris Bede

With great interest in health topics, I research the latest trends in nutrition. Besides juicing daily, I'm currently a fan of the paleo diet. I may be the second largest consumer of grass-fed butter. You can follow me on twitter @cbede.