Sprite Melons

Download News Column

The Story of Sprites
  • The sprite melon was “born and bred” in North Carolina.
  • The N.C. Specialty Crops Program developed the sprite melon in the 1990s.
  • The natural sugar content is 25 to 30 percent higher than other melons.
  • The sprite melon is grown almost exclusively in its home state.
  • Annual production volume roughly doubled from 2008 to 2009.

Nutrition

The sprite’s sweet taste makes it hard to believe it’s nutritious, but that’s not the case.

  • No fat: lowers risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.
  • Low in calories: helps prevent stroke, heart disease, hypertension and high blood pressure.
  • Vitamin C: promotes healthy gums, teeth and bones; assists the immune and nervous systems.

Selection & Storage Tips

What to look for
  • A healthy pearl or pale yellow color.
  • Brown markings or stripes – called “sugar cracks” – near the stem end. These are a sign of optimal sweetness.
  • Sniff for a sweet fragrance.
How to preserve your produce
  • Uncut sprite melons will continue to ripen at room temperature.
  • Keep cut fruit in sealed containers in the refrigerator.
  • Sprite melon will keep in a refrigerator for up to three days.
  • To freeze, cut into slices and place pieces on a cookie sheet using wax paper to separate layers.
  • Once frozen, put in plastic storage bags or containers until ready to thaw and enjoy.

Recipe

Sprite Melon Mousse

(Click here for more recipes)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups sprite melon
  • 2 cups fat-free whipped topping
  • Salt, to taste

Directions:
Mash sprite melon and sprinkle with a dash of salt. In a bowl, mix with whipped topping. Spoon the mixture into a container and freeze. To serve, spoon into a dessert dish and garnish with mint leaves.

Follow

Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: