Does Watermelon Go Bad? The Answer Will Be Revealed

Picture this: the sun rays are raging hard; sweat is streaming down your face; layering is no longer in — short skirts and sleeveless shirt are finally the trend. This might have been a good opportunity for summer fashion except there is the downside.

And that is the scorching heat of the sun and the thirst that is unquenchable. Fortunately, there are some natural thirst quencher that will not break the bank.

As an example, there is the watermelon. It’s got a tough exterior that encloses the soft but juicy part of the fruit that is guarantee to get rid of that dryness in your throat. Word of advice, eat it when it’s fully ripened. You are sure to savor every inch of that cool, juicy and sweet flavor.

Unluckily, watermelons do not last forever and in this article, allow me to tell you the answer to does watermelon go bad plus all the essential information you ought to know about its storage life. 

Does Watermelon Go Bad?

The unfortunate answer to this is yes. Watermelon, much like other and most, if not all, fruits go bad. There is a reason why farmers automatically harvest the watermelon only when it is nearing the peak of its ripe age.

This is because watermelon is, in fact, one of the fruits that do not just go bad but easily as well. This also means that watermelon, as much as possible, has to be consumed immediately.

It goes without saying that unlike some fruits, watermelon has a minimal storage life. This could be attributed to the fact that watermelons are composed of a huge quantity of water and sugar.

As a result, it is easy for microorganisms such as bacteria to grow on certain areas. In fact, sometimes, once the rind has been removed, it pretty much becomes like a sugar water.

As a word of advice, consume everything as soon as it comes to the peak of its ripe age. This is not just for the sake of being able to eat it before it goes spoiled.

But because when it is at its prime of being ripped, it is when the watermelon is at its best. You can vividly savor the juices and feel their delicious and sweet taste, perfect to combat that summer heat. 

How to Know if It Has Gone Bad 

Whenever eating at all that has already gone bad, there are always consequences that come with it. As such, you should always stay vigilant when something has gone bad. Below are two various ways that can help you decipher whether your watermelon has already gone spoiled and bad. 

Method One: To Check for Signs

Step 1

Spots some molds on the exterior


The first step to find out whether your watermelon has gone bad is to spot for signs. That first sign you need to look for are any dark spots also better known as molds.


These molds are usually the spots that stand out when spotted at the exterior of your watermelon. If it doesn’t, then you are going to need to dig a little deeper. Literally.

Step 2

Check the color


Watermelon has that stereotypical appearance of being stripped. It is an alternating pattern between dark green and a lighter shade of green.


However, there is also another look for watermelon and that is a consistent shade of green that resembles a pine.

Step 3

Analyze the watermelon flesh


Cut open your fruit and examine the fruit flesh. What you will first notice, if your watermelon has already gone bad, is that it has already started to shrivel.


At times, the seed is already distancing themselves away from the flesh. At other times, the flesh can also turn a little slimy. 

Step 4

Check the smell


The smell can be a big giveaway on whether your fruit has already gone bad. Chances are if it now smells a bit tangy or sour, then it is time for you to throw it away.

Method Two: Through Dates

Step 1

Check the expiration date


As for this method, the rule of thumb is to follow this if what you are eating is the pre-cut watermelons. The first step to managing these types of watermelon is to check the expiration date. 

Step 2

Store in the refrigerator


You may opt to do this for at least the first two to three days. Please take the liberty of eating your watermelons after this given time duration.


Otherwise, you probably should try to look for the same signs that I have mentioned in the first step.

Step 3

Evaluate each cut


Since these watermelons are already pre-cut, the signs you have to look for are a bit different from the whole watermelon.


For this step, check each cut individually. Examine the smell and the color of the flesh.

How to Extend Storage Life

  • There is no better advice than to refrigerate your whole watermelons. For best results, do this at a temperature of about 13 degrees Celsius.
  • If you are eating the pre-cut watermelons, the best way you can do is to keep them in containers that can be resealed but those that when sealed, are really airtight. 

Final Thoughts

Watermelon, indeed, goes bad. It is easy to find out whether it already has. Look for empirical evidence; check its exterior appearance, the look of the flesh and the smell.

However, despite its limited storage life, there are different methods you can employ to ensure that its life can be extended. Of course, the number one rule you have to keep in mind is to refrigerate it well. And lastly, to use proper means of storage. 

There you have it, folks! I hope you enjoyed this article. Should you have any other suggestions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to leave them down below. I’ll see you on the next article!

Emily Mathews
 

Hi, I am Emily Mathews. I grew up in a small town in Tennessee, where I learned how to cook fabulous local dishes from my Mother. I have 3 children and they enable me to cook from my heart every day. I am also passionately interested in creating globally inspired food with locally grown ingredients.

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