Cantaloupe Aqua Fresca ~ An Anti-Aging Beverage to Sip & Savor!
Cantaloupe Agua Fresca ~
The cantaloupe derives its name from the Italian papal village of Cantalup, where it was first cultivated around 1700 AD. It belongs to the same family as the cucumber, squash, pumpkin, and gourd, and like many of its relatives, grows on a trailing vine above ground. For centuries, people have incorporated the sweet essence of this fruit into salads, soups, dishes, desserts, drinks and more.
Cantaloupe is great source of Vitamin C and beta carotene, which are two key antioxidants that help to preserve the health and well-being of the skin – our largest organ. Vitamin C supports vessel and capillary health, fortifies collagen and elastin regeneration and repair, and even provides natural sun protective qualities (over exposure to the sun creates up to 90% of pre-mature aging). Beta Carotene, a non-toxic form of Vitamin A, promotes cell regeneration and even protects our skin from free radical scavengers that are produced by stress, pollution, and other environmental factors.
When this delicious fruit is blended with water, lime juice and a hint of agave nectar, it creates an absolutely mouth watering aqua fresca, which is a traditional drink that was originated in Mexico. This flavorful beverage can be made with any fruit, but the higher the liquid content of the fruit, the better it seems to taste. For example, watermelon is another tasty fruit that can be enjoyed as an aqua fresca.
This Cantaloupe Aqua Fresca, which is also featured in our Spa Water Book, was graciously provided by the Trellis Spa at the Houstonian Hotel in Houston, Texas. Created by their Chef Jeffrey Everts, a nationally acclaimed chef that is well-known for his extraordinary culinary talents!
Cantaloupe Aqua Fresca ~
- 6 very ripe cantaloupes
- 3 limes, juiced
- 1/2 cup agave nectar or 1/2 cup of local honey
- 12 qts. water
Peel and seed the melons, then cut into one-inch pieces. Place in a blender and add water, lime juice and sweetener. Blend until the water is smooth and the melons are pureed. You may need to adjust the sweetener according to your taste. When the melons are in season, the amount of sweetener you need may be less. When the cantaloupe is not in season, you may need to add more. (May strain if needed for a smoother consistency.)
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