In this week's Focus On Nutrition article let's take a look at the very popular Athena Cantaloupe. The smell alone of this delightful lope, also sometimes called Eastern Cantaloupe, is enough to make the mouth water. Athena's are straw colored lopes with subtle ribbing, pronounced netting and a distinct smell and flavor.
From a nutritional standpoint, Athena's are a great source of dietary fiber, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. These melons are quite juicy and they also assist in keeping the human body hydrated. Athena's are low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. They have a soft flesh and high sugar content.
Growing areas include Georgia, Florida, Texas, California, Arizona and along the eastern states. Locally, Athena Cantaloupes come available mid-May. Generally, the opportunity window for these wonderful gems is quite narrow with only a few weeks of availability.
Athena Cantaloupes will be featured in this week's ad at the great price of $2.49 each and these are jumbo Athena's. So, come by and stock up on these healthy treats.