Melon with Port Wine

Melon with Port Wine

It was the popes in the 18th Century who enjoyed sipping port from a cantaloupe. This melon, grown in one of their domains in Cantalupo, Central Italy, was named after the town.

2 servings
Preparation 5 min

120 calories per serving 


1 Charentais melon   600 g
  sugar to taste    
3 tbsp Port wine   45 mL

Before you start

Charentais melons are best suited for this dish, because of their sweet, juicy flesh and their relatively small size. If they are not available, they may be replaced by cantaloupe. If using a larger melon, it may be diced, mixed with Port wine, then served into cups.


  1. Wash the melon in warm, soapy water so that any dirt on the rind does not get onto the flesh when cutting. Cut each melon in half crosswise, then remove all the seeds.
  2. Using a spoon, make a few decorative pinwheel cuts around the centre to make it look like a flower. Place each melon half either in a bowl or onto an individual serving plate (to avoid tipping, cut off a small slice from the rounded skin side). Portion out the Port wine into the open space in the centre of each melon half. Sugar may be added for extra sweetness.
  3. Serve at room temperature.


This dish may be served either as a starter or as a dessert.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (280g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




0.5 g

1 %

Saturated 0.1 g
+ Trans 0 g

1 %


0 mg


45 mg

2 %


23 g

8 %


2 g

7 %


20 g


2 g

Vitamin A

90 %

Vitamin C

160 %


2 %


4 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: 3 servings
Grain Products: 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: 0 serving

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Free :
Cholesterol, Fat, Saturated Fat, Trans Fat
Low :
Source of :
Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, Zinc
Good source of :
Excellent source of :
Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C

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This recipe is in the following categories: Fruits | Desserts | First courses/Appetizers | Kosher | Low Cholesterol | Low Fat | Low Saturated Fat | Low Sodium | Vegan | Vegetarian | No Cook | Italian

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