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Aug 22, 2006 08:42 PM

Erupting Watermelon?

I bought a watermelon this morning, brought it home, washed the outside, and left it in my dish rack while I ran some errands. While I was out a small piece of rind blew out and there is now a large pool of slightly grayish liquid on my kitchen counter. I've put the melon in the sink, where it continues to exude a steady stream of foamy liquid, obviously under pressure. It doesn't smell too great either. Does anyone have a clue as to what might be going on?

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  1. It sounds like fermentation to me. Cut it open and check.

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    1. re: cheryl_h

      Oh, yuck, no.

      Toss it, toss it, toss it. Who knows what horror is in there ... it's bleading foamy grey liquid ... that would be enough for me to get it out of my house as quick as possible.

      Who knows what other cooties are in there ... don't take pictures, don't cut it, take the financial loss ... GET IT OUT OF THE HOUSE NOW !!!

      1. re: rworange

        Where's your sense of adventure? I'd love to know what's inside. I suspect it's just starting to ferment which is why it's foaming. But it could be some interesting bacterial infection which got in through an opening.

        1. re: cheryl_h

          Yeah, how about posting on Home Cooking for a recipe for 'stinky watermelon'.

    2. That sounds weird, like maybe the melon had a small puncture and bacteria or wild yeasts got in? I have never seen the like! That I am one who is not really squeamish about somethings, that would have me pitching it.

      1. It's telling you to throw it out. In fact, it's positively yelling at you.

          1. re: Katie Nell

            Amen! This I've got to see! And er...try to get a refund on it.

            1. re: Pei

              Yes, pictures, pretty please? I'm fascinated...

              So tell does the story end?! We want to make sure you're still alive and cooking...

            2. re: Katie Nell

              I, too, had an exploding watermelon after purchasing it one day earlier.

              1. re: Denise1950

                Thanks for posting this picture and resurrecting this thread!

                My family and I had some good laughs at the posts.

                1. re: pagesinthesun

                  After putting a knife in it, it exploded like a can of biscuits and tore in half. One side looked like a tongue sticking out of it and the other side looked like an upside down heart. Millions of dollars to be made on eBay thrown in the trash. Lol.

            3. Since you brought up watermelons........I planted some seedless ones in the garden for the first time. They look like the typical grocery store kind, the big oblong type. They're growing nicely, but how do I know when to pick them?

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              1. re: Hoss

                When they start exploding, it's past the time to pick them.

                According to the Old Farmers Almanac it is a lot like picking a watermelon in the market ... thump, check color, look for creamy spot on the bottom, look at the size.

                However, there is a point in the 9 ways to know when to pick your watermelon that has to do with this topic it says ...

                "Check the tendril. If it's half-dead, it could mean that the watermelon is nearly ripe or ripe. If the tendril is fully dead, it could mean that anthracnose or some other fungus killed the melon ... "

                So maybe the OP has a melon with anthracnose or some other fungus


                On the other hand it could be a vampire watermelon which this article says they "stir all by themselves and make a sound like 'brrrl, brrrl, brrrl!' and begin to shake themselves."

                Did you notice a spot of blood on the melon? It tells you what to do to get rid of the vampire.


                1. re: Hoss

                  My folk wisdom on watermelons says:
                  --wait for the stem to start to wither (in reality, doesn't always happen before the melon is overripe)
                  --look at the melon's belly (the part on the ground). When it goes from greenish-white to creamy yellow, the melon is ripe. In some varieties, the skin stripes appear on the belly when the melon is young but fade after it ripens.
                  --thump it; a nice solid resonant thunk indicates a ripe melon, rather than a muffled thud.