How Can You Tell If a Watermelon Has Gone Bad?

When it is a hot summer day and you want to refresh yourself with the sweetness of fruits then how about having a chunk of juicy watermelon. Watermelon is a wonderful snack which people love to enjoy in the summer season. When it comes to watermelon then people often ask how you can tell if a watermelon is ripe or not. This question is of great importance because watermelon often goes bad in the summer season and you must check it before eating. Whenever watermelon comes to our home then the first thing which we do is cut it into slices and put it in the refrigerator. Now you can enjoy the chunks when they are cool. Here I will discuss some other aspects regarding watermelon ripeness and acidity that is often associated with it.

Can you freeze watermelon?

This is the most common question asked by the majority of people that once they have eaten the watermelon they want to freeze the leftovers. When you freeze watermelon chunks then the texture of the fruit will change and it won’t appear as fresh as it was when cut. However, you can go for the frozen watermelon for your smoothies and other desserts. If you want to restore watermelon then, first of all, you need to cut it into chunks that are easy to store. Remove the seeds and the skin and it’s ready to be frozen. Make sure you put the chunks in the freezer bags and they can be used for a week. The researchers say that if you want to have the best flavor of the watermelon then you need to store it at room temperature so that the antioxidants are intact in this form however if you have cut watermelon then it should be refrigerated for 3 to 4 days and not more than that.

Can you freeze watermelon?

How can you tell if a watermelon has gone bad?

Inspect Outer Skin:

First of all, you need to check the outer side of the watermelon before buying it because there can be mold on the outer side which can be of black white or green color and may have a fuzzy appearance. It shows that the watermelon has gone bad and it is not fit for use. The color of the watermelon has to be pale green or it may have a striped appearance. It was all about the outside color of the watermelon one you have look for the outer color then it’s the turn inspect it from inside.

Inspect watermelon from inside:

The color is the key which means that the deep pink or red color of the inside watermelon tells that it is fresh and healthy and if the inside color has turned black then you must not eat it. Some people also believe that by sniffing the watermelon they can tell that it is good or bad. Once you have cut the watermelon then you have to look for any discoloration which is the prime sign that the watermelon has gone bad. Watermelon will not look fresh and will give a foul odor. So you must discard the mushy watermelon because it is not fit for eating. The best way to tell if watermelon has gone bad is by tasting it. If you feel the watermelon is crunchy and fresh then it is healthy and safe to eat however if you feel that it is mushy or have a slightly different taste like sour then you must not eat it.

How do you know if a watermelon is over Ripe?

The fresh watermelon tastes sweeter and it’s a bit tricky to check that if a watermelon is overripe.  You have to look for the green color and its flesh should be of pink color and sweeter in taste. When you take a chunk of it then it must be crunchy and sweet. These are the signs that watermelon is ripe and ready to be consumed and on the other hand, overripe watermelon loses its flavor and it gets deteriorated. However, you can have some tricks to know for the ripeness of the watermelon and then you will be in a better position to decide that the watermelon should be consumed or it has to be discarded.

The most common way is to press your thumb on the outer part of the watermelon and if the thumb feels slight give then it is a clear sign that watermelon is overripe. You can also listen to this sound from the exterior of the watermelon when you tap it with your closed fist.  If you feel that it gives a hollow sound then it shows that watermelon is overripe.  When you cut the watermelon and if it feels deteriorated or grainy then it is a sign of an overripe watermelon and after that, you need to press your fingertip into the flesh and if your finger presses inside without any resistance then it is the obvious sign of over-ripeness of the watermelon and you have to discard it. Finally, you have to take a bite of the watermelon and if it does not feel grainy or mushy in your mouth with slight sourness then it is an overripe watermelon and you should not eat it at any cost because an overripe watermelon will make you stick.

What happens if you eat bad watermelon?

There are lots of people who experience sickness from watermelon and then they get worried about eating it for the next time. One common question which comes in their mind is that can watermelon make you sick? Unfortunately, if you have eaten a watermelon that has gone bad then and most probably you will get diarrhea. As we all know that the watermelon has 92% water content so it will not give so much harm to a healthy person. You will have stomach upset after eating and overripe watermelon but make sure to check the watermelon and never go for an overripe watermelon. Whenever you cut watermelon to make sure you look at the texture of watermelon in the beginning. Many people ask that they have seen yellow spots inside a watermelon and these are because the watermelon is not fresh and it has gone bad. All you have to do is to always check the freshness of watermelon and then go for eating it and always avoid eating bad watermelon otherwise it will make you sick.

texture of an overripe watermelon

Food poisoning from watermelon-a myth or reality?

Food poisoning from watermelon is a reality and many cases have been reported that are associated with watermelon poisoning. The watermelon poisoning occurs due to Listeria bacteria which grows on the rind and spreads towards the flesh of the watermelon. So when you have cut the watermelon and look for the yellow spots or if it is mushy watermelon then these are the obvious signs that the watermelon has gone bad and you should avoid eating it.


Aaliyah is an explorer who loves to write and get informed about healthy fruits and vegetables. Her aim to give valuable information about fruits and vegetables.

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