The melon is not really a fruit, but in composition is as nearly allied to fruit as to vegetables.

It belongs to the Gourd family, and consists principally of water, having no nutriment except a little sugar. The pulp, or fibrous portion, is indigestible, and should be rejected. The juice forms a pure and healthful drink, being free from disease germs, if the melon is sound; but it is better to eat it at night or between meals, as any considerable quantity taken at meal-time would dilute the gastric juice, the same as would other liquids.