Musk Melon – An important fruit in summer season

Musk Melon – An important fruit in the summer season

To protect our health, nature has created different fruits and vegetables, etc. in different seasons and the same is sold in the market in different seasons. Summer is one of the most horrible seasons with an increase in heat in the environment we lose our energy, we perspire a lot due to which there is fluid loss and at the same time body heat increases. Kharburjam (Musk Melon) is one of the perfect fruit for this season. As it helps to maintain the water content of our body, it also helps to regulate the heat inside the body and can prevent heat-related diseases.

Botanically Kharburjam is called Curcumis melo and in English, it is called the musk melon and also popularly known as ‘Cantaloupe’. In most different Indian languages, it is called Kharburjam. Ayurveda texts like Madanpal Nighantu and Bhavprakash Nighantu have mentioned this plant.

This plant is called musk melon because the odor of the fruit is like musk. It is very sweet in taste, cool in potency, and delicious to eat. It is heavy to digest, nutritious, aphrodisiac, relieves burning sensation, relieves tiredness, diuretic, useful in blood disorders, etc. In Ayurveda, it is used to cure Vata disease (Neurological diseases) and Pitta diseases (Bile-related disease).

Nutritive values of Kharburjam
Kharburjam is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Niacin, Vitamin B6, and Folate, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Potassium.

Nutritive values in 100 gm of Kharburjam

Calories 34.0 (142 kJ)
Fat 0.2 g
Protein 0.8 g
Carbohydrate 8.8 g
Vitamin A 3382 IU
Vitamin C 36.7mg
Vitamin E 0.1 mg
Folate 21.0 mcg
Niacin 0.7 mg
Vitamin B6 0.1 mg
Calcium 9.0 mg
Iron 0.2 mg
Magnesium 12.0 mg
Phosphorus 15.0 mg
Potassium 267 mg
Sodium 16.0 mg

Some of the important uses of musk melon:-

Muskmelon is very nourishing, it is sweet, cool, and strength-giving.

After removing the skins of muskmelon and cutting it into small pieces and then mixing some sugar in it for taste and also powdered cardamom, eating of this mixture cures inflammation, it eliminates the excessive formation of bile and emanation of sperm through urine.

The musk melon fruit is good for obese people’s weight because it does not have too many calories or sugar, it has a significant amount of fiber and helps you feel full, and also helps sustain that feeling for a considerable amount of time. It taste good and be a great addition to fruit salads and custards.

Musk melon can take care of your skin, too. It contains Vitamins A and C; it is concentrated with an excellent level of beta-carotene, folic acid, and potassium which is useful in manufacturing healthy skin. So, if you are looking for healthy and younger skin, this is what you should include in your daily diet.

The presence of folic acid prevents cervical cancer, also useful for pregnant women to have a healthy fetus and prevent osteoporosis.

Also, the folic acid present in musk melon helps fight depression.

It relieves constipation due to high contents of dietary fibers.

It helps to control high blood pressure; potassium present in the soft flesh helps to excrete sodium from the body and thus brings down high blood pressure.

Musk melons are a source of polyphenol antioxidants, chemicals that are known to provide certain health benefits to the cardiovascular system and immune system. These chemicals are known to regulate the formation of nitric oxide, a key chemical in promoting the health of the endothelium and prevention of heart attacks.

After crushing either the pulp of muskmelon or the root of its plant, then mixing it with water and drinking its essence after filtering it, daily in the morning cures stones.

Increase heat inside the body can lead to heavy flow during the menstrual period, eating cold Kharburjam flesh with sugar helps to control the heat and hence prevent heavy blood flow.

Crush the seeds of muskmelon and then soak in hot water for half an hour then filter the same. Drinking this water will help to cure pain and burning urination and can help to remove bladder stones.

Dr. Mahesh Verlekar is a Ph.D. Scholar from NIA, Jaipur, and he can be contacted at