Minty Fresh French Aperitif and Appetiser Charentais Melon Bowls
240 mins (prep 240)
2 ingredients
4 servings
An appetiser and aperitif all in one sunny melon bowl - I use the local Pineau des Charentes to fill up these charentais melon starters, but white port, fino sherry or any fortified wine would be just as good. Charentais melons are grown mainly in SW France and Spain and have a smooth pale green to creamy yellow skin. The very juicy flesh is deep orange in colour and it is one of the best dessert melons; they are also great in fruit salads, as well as being used as a refreshing starter course - as in this recipe. Preparation time includes the 4 hours to chill prior to serving them. If you cannot get fresh mint sprigs - use any attractive, edible leaves or herbs - maybe even a flower.

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  • 2 small charentais muskmelons
  • 200 ml fortified wine (approx)
  • fresh mint sprig, to serve


Serving Size (50.5 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 41.5 Calories from Fat 0.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g 0.0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.0%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 2.5mg 0.42%
Total Carbohydrate 1.36g 1.81%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.0%
Sugars 0.4 g %
Protein 0.04g 0.28%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 4.0mg% Iron 0.19mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients: