Why and How to Make Melon Seed Milk
Easy to make, melon seed milk can be a source of protein and antioxidant compounds
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Yellow melon seed milk, of the scientific name species cucumis melo, is a lactose-free and vegan alternative. These seeds, despite being commonly discarded by people and industries, are good sources of proteins, lipids and antioxidant compounds. These compounds help fight oxidative damage, which is often linked to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer.
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Furthermore, making milk from melon seeds helps to reduce food waste and is a way to improve access to healthy food and promote health, especially for people facing unstable financial conditions.
Yellow melon is a hybrid variety (the result of crossing two different plant species) belonging to the family Cucurbitaceae, the same as other fruits such as cucumbers, watermelon and pumpkin.
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It is normally consumed in its form. in nature and its seeds are often discarded, both by people and industries. According to a study, every year, millions of tons of seeds are discarded as industrial and domestic waste, generating environmental and economic problems.
The same study also pointed out that melon seed is a good source of proteins, lipids and antioxidant compounds, with the potential to preserve foods such as soybean oil, increasing its shelf life. In addition, the analysis also concluded that the efficient use of melon seeds can generate jobs, add value to agro-industrial by-products and prevent environmental pollution problems.
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The eCycle portal has tested and approved an easy and tasty recipe for melon seed milk. Best of all, you can do it at home and enjoy its benefits. Check out:
How to make melon seed milk
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- 1/2 cup of melon seed (equivalent to the amount of seeds in a melon)
- 1 cup of filtered water
Method of preparation
After opening the melon, remove its seeds and clean them, so that there is no fiber left over from the fruit. Then wash them with the aid of a sieve. Dry them with a paper towel (if possible, save the paper to compost). After this process, you can store the seeds in the refrigerator for up to three days. To make milk from melon seeds, blend these seeds in a blender with a cup of filtered water until they look like milk. Then pass it into a strainer of voil or in a very fine sieve. Ready!
Melon seed milk has a mild flavor reminiscent of almond seed milk. But it's much cheaper and it's still a way to avoid wasting food.