In an Ayurvedic point of view, our diet should be a reflection of the seasons. For example, we should consume warming food (ex: stew, rooted vegetables, and whole grains) during the winter and lighter food (such as greens, fruits, and watery melons) during the summer. That makes sense because the environment can influence our behavior and well-being.
Now that the mercury is finally rising, I prefer a light dinner meal, hence I choose to cook with more greens and melons. Popular in China as a summer food, a winter melon has white flesh and thick skin, meaning you need to apply some pressure to cut it open. Its high water content offers great health benefits to prevent dehydration during the summer. I like to dice a winter melon into cubes and stir-fry them with other accoutrements or use them in a soup – both sweet or savory is welcomed.