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Archive for December 2012

Uncommon Fruit Syrups: Honeydew Melon


Honeydew melons… where to begin? They’re the bane of breakfast bars, the scourge of the serving line, and the canker of cafeterias. Too harsh? Probably so, but that’s the general reputation that this unfortunate melon has earned for itself with most diners. If it seems like every honeydew melon you’ve had leaves something to be desired, then we beg you to reconsider. Once you eat a good honeydew melon, your life will change. We promise.

Honeydew Melon Flavored Syrup

Amoretti's Premium Honeydew Melon Syrup: The Flavor of Summer is always in season.

The Truth About Honeydew Melons

  • Traditionally, honeydew melon is used as a cheap filler for fruit salad, taking up large chunks of space between expensive berries and juicy strawberries. This kind of honeydew melon is what most people are familiar with: the cardboard-tasting-good-for-nothing-waste-of-space-melon.
  • A quality honeydew melon, on the other hand, should be extremely juicy and sweet. Honeydew melons this good have been known to make people do some crazy things. (See next bullet point.)
  • The famous author Alexandre Dumas (The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo) donated his works to the public library in Cavaillon, France, in exchange for a dozen of the town’s honeydew melons every year until his death.
  • Of course, Cavaillon doesn’t produce just average melons. The town is respected as the honeydew melon capital of the world.
  • In addition to tasting great, honeydew melons are quite good for you, too. They’re loaded with potassium, B vitamins, copper, and vitamin C.
  • To get a perfectly ripe honeydew melon, choose a heavy melon with a waxy smooth rind (as opposed to fuzzy). If you press the rind, it should have a little bit of give (but not too much).
  • Honeydew melon usually has green flesh. However, if you get the chance, try a “temptation melon,” a version of the fruit that has orange flesh instead. (No, this isn’t a pitch to get you to try cantaloupe.)

While we aren’t in the melon business, we do carry a number of uncommon fruit syrups for tea, cocktails, and even coffee. And – you guessed it – one of those syrups is a delicious honeydew melon premium syrup. If you aren’t going to give the honeydew melon a try, we hope you’ll at least try mixing some of your favorite tea and cocktail recipes with Amoretti Premium Honeydew Melon Syrup! Get started with this great recipe for Honeydew Melon Iced Tea.

A Healthier You: Almond Hazelnut Coffee Drink Recipe

Hazelnut coffee

We recently put up a blog post about four healthy ways you can enjoy coffee this New Year. In case you didn’t catch the full article, we suggest plant milk, sugar-free flavorings, agave nectar, and grinding your own coffee at home (for the added anti-oxidant benefits). We promised to share some health-minded drink recipes throughout this week, so here we are to deliver with an almond-hazelnut coffee drink recipe you’re sure to love.

Today’s recipe uses organic blue agave to achieve its sweet (and healthy) taste. If you’ve never had blue agave before, we ask you to give it a try – even if you aren’t looking to lose weight or become healthier. (If you don’t like it, we promise to make things right.)

Blue agave nectar is taken from the blue agave plant, which is extremely sweet. Natives of America’s southwest region and Mexico have been using the agave plant’s powerful sweetening properties for centuries, but only in the last few decades has the nectar come into more mainstream use.

Almond Hazelnut Coffee Drink Recipe

  • Ingredients:

    • Directions:
    • This almond hazelnut coffee is a breeze to make. All you need to do is combine your ingredients, and enjoy. One minor suggestion – hold back the foam with a spoon as you pour your almond/soy milk. This will allow for the best consistency. Then, when you’re finished making the drink, you can add a dollop of foam on top instead of whipped cream.

      Please note that this drink recipe is not entirely sugar-free. One serving of our blue agave nectars contains 3 grams of sugar. However, when you compare it against other sugary drink syrups, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything with less sugar (unless you go with one of our sugar free flavorings, of course!).

      Love this recipe? Want to talk more about blue agave nectar? Give us a call or send us an email. We love to hear from our customers. Whatever’s on your mind, drop us a line. If you have a suggestion that you think other Amoretti customers would like to know about, be sure to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and jump in on the conversation. Stay tuned for more health-conscious drink recipes!

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