In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Can you eat an overripe cantaloupe?” and discuss how long do cantaloupes last. We will discuss how to properly store cantaloupes and how to tell if cantaloupes have gone bad. We will also discuss what happens if you eat a spoiled cantaloupe.
Can you eat an overripe cantaloupe?
Yes, you can eat an overripe cantaloupe. There is no harm in eating an overripe cantaloupe as long as there are no signs of it being rotten. An overripe cantaloupe will be very mushy and will taste a lot sweeter.
Some people might not be a fan of this mushy, soft texture but even then you can use this overripe cantaloupe to make smoothies, salads and desserts.
How long do cantaloupes last?
Whole cantaloupe can last for 5 to 7 days when placed on the countertop or in the pantry. If you store the whole cantaloupe in the fridge, then it can last for about 2 weeks. Once it has been cut, it should not be placed on the countertop for more than 2 hours.
This is because bacteria can start to grow on it and can spoil it. You should store the cut up cantaloupe inside the fridge where it can last for about 4 to 7 days.
If you have bought an unripe cantaloupe, then it should be placed on the countertop until it ripens.
How to properly store cantaloupes?
You can place whole cantaloupes on the countertop or in the fridge. Keeping them in the fridge extends their shelf life so it is a good option for when you want to store your cantaloupes for a couple of weeks. Before placing them inside the fridge, place them inside an airtight bag so that their aroma does not spread inside the fridge and into other food items.
When you have cut up your cantaloupe, place it inside an airtight container or a ziploc bag then place it inside the fridge especially if you do not plan on eating it within the next two hours. As discussed above, bacteria can grow on it and spoil it.
Unripe cantaloupe needs to be placed on the countertop or in your pantry so that it can ripen. Once it ripens, then you can either place it in the fridge or the countertop depending on when you want to consume it.
How to tell if cantaloupe has gone bad?
You can tell if cantaloupe has gone bad by looking at its texture. Cantaloupe that has gone bad will have a very soft and slimy texture. It may even have mold on it so inspect it closely for any spots of mold that can appear greenish black in color.
You can also sniff it and see if it smells fine. If it smells off or funky, then it has gone bad and you should just throw it out.
What happens if you eat a spoiled cantaloupe?
You should carefully inspect the cantaloupe before eating if you suspect that it has gone bad because eating contaminated or spoiled cantaloupe can result in food poisoning.
The symptoms of food poisoning are abdominal cramps, vomiting nausea, diarrhea and headache. In severe cases, hospitalization may also be necessary.
Another risk of eating contaminated cantaloupes is listeriosis symptoms of which are fever, headache, muscle ache etc.
If you can not tell if cantaloupe has gone bad then go with your gut feeling and throw it out because it is better to be safe than sorry.
Learn how to tell if cantaloupe is ripe here.
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In this brief guide, we answered the question “Can you eat an overripe cantaloupe?” and discussed how long cantaloupes last. We discussed how to properly store cantaloupes and how to tell if cantaloupes have gone bad. We also discussed what happens if you eat a spoiled cantaloupe.