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Melon mania! Best-selling varieties at Tesco

Melons have replaced pineapples as Tesco’s best-selling fruit, as we enter the height of summer. The supermarket says that, with melons costing between £1.50-£3.50, their price per kilo makes them an attractive buy for warm weather shoppers.

Tesco melons buyer Joe Baines said last year’s extremely hot summer saw sales peaking because of the fruit’s thirst-quenching qualities.

“Traditionally melon sales grow during the summer and then fall in the winter months but this didn’t happen last year as the autumn and winter were so mild. Since last summer sales have continued to soar.

“But we also know from customer research that melons, like pineapples, are now seen as value-for-money healthy centre piece desserts that can help kids eat more fruit.

“We’ve also heard of adults scooping out the seeds and then filling melons up with their alcoholic spirit of choice and leaving them to chill in the fridge all day, ready for a delicious fruit cocktail in the evening.”

Tesco sells 10 different varieties of melon which are: Yellow Honeydew; Watermelon; Giant Watermelon; Mini Watermelon; Galia; Cantaloupe; Tangy Twist; finest* Piel De Sapo; finest* Sunkiss; and Snowball.

Of these, traditional Yellow Honeydew is the most popular.

Thanks to better growing techniques melons are now grown in the UK.

Fact file

  • Melons count towards one of your 5 a day (80g is a portion)
  • Cantaloupe and Galia varieties are high in vitamin C which is important for the immune system, skin, blood vessels, teeth, bones and cartilage. It also plays a role in the release of energy from foods.
  • Cantaloupe melon is also high in vitamin A which is important for skin, vision and immune system.
  • Melons are low in calories, fat and salt.

 

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