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Melon "Torpedo": characteristics of the variety and selection criteria


Melon "Torpedo" (Cucumis melo) is a plant from the family Pumpkin, or Cucurbitaceae, genus Cucumber, or Cucumis. This popular gourd among consumers includes a significant number of diverse subspecies and forms, including the torpedo melon. Ripe melon always exudes a very sweet, delicate and delicate, characteristic melon aroma. It can be dried, dried, processed to melon honey, and also used to make jam or tasty and healthy candied fruits.

Feature and Features

The torpeda melon variety known to consumers in Uzbekistan is commonly called the Mirzachulsky melon. The homeland of this variety is the territory of Asia Minor.

Melon called "Torpedo" refers to the late varieties that tolerate transportation well. Fully ripened fruits have an attractive oblong shape and are characterized by a pronounced yellow staining of the peeled mesh. The pulp of ripe melons is always very juicy, white, has an unsurpassed taste and a well-defined, but very delicate and delicate aroma.

Key selection criteria

The torpedo melon has excellent juiciness and surpasses the fruits of such varieties popular in our country as Kolkhoznitsa, Gulyabi and Thai.

It is not recommended to buy a torpedo melon until mid-August or even the first ten days of September, as the natural ripening of this popular crop is late. Fruits on the market at an earlier date contain an excessive amount of pesticides as well as nitrates that are hazardous to health. Tasty and most useful melon happens at the stage of full ripening.

Melon "Torpedo": variety description

Only knowing how to choose a ripe and fresh melon, you can protect yourself and loved ones from poor-quality products and food poisoning. When choosing fruits, you should focus on the main indicators - appearance and aroma.

Ripeness indicatorFeatures and Description
Appearance of fruitsThe fruit should have an oblong shape and have a yellow surface with small bright yellow longitudinal stripes. Green melons with small longitudinal stripes are immature and tasteless. The presence of dark spots on the surface is an indicator of damage to the fetus, and melons with a soft surface are considered overripe. The ripe “Torpedo” always makes a distinctive dull sound when patted on the surface. The melon's tail should be dry and the nose should be slightly soft.
Fruit smellA fully ripened torpedo melon should exude a smell that resembles a mixture of vanilla, pear and flower honey flavors

You can’t buy melon on the “collapses” located along the roads, and also sold sliced ​​fruits are not suitable for food.

Benefits of use and contraindications

Melon flesh called "Torpedo" contains a significant amount of substances useful for the human body, including vitamins, mineral components, as well as carotene and folic acid. The pulp is rich in fiber and a large number of enzymes, which helps to improve the intestines. The melon of the popular Torpeda variety has an antioxidant effect and has a beneficial effect on the condition of hair and skin.

Ripe melon flesh can improve metabolic processes, strengthen the immune system and nervous system. Melon is very useful for urolithiasis, as well as cholelithiasis. This gourd is often used to cleanse the body, because melon fibers well remove toxic substances from the body. Among other things, the melon seed has been considered the strongest aphrodisiac for centuries, and its taste cheers up.

The benefits of melon are not in dispute. Melon flesh saturates the body with vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, and also contains chlorine, potassium, calcium, sodium and iron. This gourd is indicated for use by almost everyone, except for patients with diabetes mellitus and people suffering from kidney diseases. Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract in the acute stage are also a contraindication for eating melon.

Thus, from a medical point of view, it is recommended to use the torpedo melon for the following purposes:

  • removal of excess fluid from the body due to the presence of strong diuretic properties in melons;
  • bowel cleansing due to high fiber;
  • excretion of decay products and various toxic substances from the body;
  • sedative and antidepressant effects on the body;
  • removal of harmful cholesterol from the body;
  • increase of protective properties and body immunity;
  • increased hemoglobin with anemia and iron deficiency anemia.

It is strictly forbidden to drink milk or any other dairy products, as well as alcohol or cold water after eating melon. Such a food combination often causes severe poisoning. It is recommended to take any food no earlier than half an hour after eating melon.

Nutritional and calorie values

The ripe flesh of a melon called "Torpedo" is characterized by the content of too much carbohydrate at low calorific value. On average, 0.6 g of protein, 0.24 g of fat and 7.7 g of carbohydrates are per 100 g of pulp. The percentage of proteins, fats and carbohydrates is 7.1: 2.8: 90.1. The average calorie content is 35.7 kcal or 149 kJ. Low calorie content allows the use of melon of this variety in diet food.

How to choose a melon

A variety of mono-diets, which are based on the use of melons in food, help to remove toxins accumulated by the body. However, it is not recommended to get involved in such a diet, as the variety has a pronounced diuretic effect. For this reason, it is undesirable to adhere to the melon diet for more than three days. It should be remembered that the calorie content of dried melon is almost three times greater than the number of calories "Torpedo" in its raw form. 100 g of dried melon accounts for about 340 kcal, which should be taken into account when eating the fruits of this melon crop during the diet.