Galia melon, a new fruit that has been quite popular in India recently. Its scientific name is Cucumis Melo Var. Reticulatas and also known as Sarda in Asia.
What are galia melons?
We all know that the birthplace of melons is India, but the origin of Galia melon is different in this case. Galia melon is nothing but a hybrid combination of cantaloupe/muskmelon and honeydew melon. The natural appearance of this melon has been derived from combining both honeydew melons and cantaloupe.
The outer part of the Galia melon looks like the cantaloupe whereas the inner part is quite similar to that of a honeydew melon. It is basically green in color but turns to yellow when ripe. It is generally sweet in taste.
History of Galia melons
This hybrid melons were first made in 1973 in Israel by the melon breeder, Dr. Zvi Karchi. He developed this melon and named it “Galia melon”, after his daughter’s name which meant “god’s wave”. This is actually a very interesting fact about Galia melon.
Galia melons – Nutritional information
100g of Galia melons possess the following nutritional value.
- Pantothenic acid
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
9 health benefits of Galia melons
1. Weight loss
Galia melons have a very little amount of calories, sodium, and fat present in them. As a result, if you are consuming this fruit regularly it will help in weight loss. Also, the presence of various minerals and vitamins makes you feel full, which is essential in your weight loss routine.
2. High presence of fiber
A high amount of fiber is present in Galia melons. The amount of fiber present in Galia melons is twice as much compared to that of litchis. We all know how much dietary fiber is necessary for our body for the treatment of several diseases. These diseases include
- Cures constipation
- Improves digestion
- Cures heart disease
- Maintains blood pressure
- Prevents diabetes
3. Maintaining blood pressure
The presence of a high amount of Potassium in Galia melon helps in maintaining your blood pressure. It plays a major role in protecting your heart from major strokes and heart attacks.
4. Great for your eyes
Galia melon contains Zeaxanthin ( a dietary carotenoid), which is great for your eyes. It improves your vision and also prevents you from macular degeneration. Zeaxanthin is also great for your skin. The presence of Vitamin A in Galia melon also adds to your vision.
5. Prevents cancer
The presence of bioflavonoids and carotenoids in Galia melon plays an important role in preventing cancer.
It also contains various antioxidants and organic compounds which help in preventing lung, breast, and colon cancer.
6. Great for your heart health
The presence of a high amount of dietary fiber in Galia melon helps in the reduction of LDL (bad cholesterol), thus preventing atherosclerosis. Also consuming Galia melon regularly won’t affect your heart at all, since it has zero cholesterol.
7. Provides immunity to your body
Galia melons are highly rich in vitamins and minerals (especially Vitamin C). These melons are also rich in antioxidants which provide immunity to your body. The combination of Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and antioxidants help in boosting your immunity as well as protect your body from foreign microorganisms.
8. Good for your kidney
Galia melons prevent gout inflammation. Galia melons have diuretic properties that help in eliminating toxins from your body and maintaining your kidney health.
9. Prevents diabetes
Diabetes has been quite common in India. There are several ways to control or prevent diabetes. The presence of pectin and fiber in Galia melons helps in maintaining glucose levels in your body. Also as Galia melons are sweet in taste, it can be a great fruit for diabetic patients.
How to eat Galia melons?
You can consume Galia melons as fruits or salads. They are often found in the forms of jelly, jams, and even juices.
People basically ignore Galia melon as it is a hybrid fruit. But it is completely safe, has several health benefits, and has great taste.