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Is it safe to eat watermelon that has a milky color and a different texture?

 

Q. What is the cause of watermelon that has a milky pink color, odd texture and taste? I have seen it a lot this year and just purchased one that is almost completely as described above. I have no interest in eating it, but if I did would there be a health concern.

 

A. This sounds like overripe watermelon. When a watermelon goes past its prime it becomes mealy, may develop cavities around the seeds and the taste may be unappetizing. Another possible culprit of bad watermelon may be from fungal disease exposure to the plant during growth that can inhibit proper sugar develop in the melon. Eating overripe watermelon should not have any consequences; however, if you purchase a watermelon and find it yucky on the inside return it to the store for a replacement. Have your local grocer help you select a good melon.

 
 
 
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