How to determine the edible foodability when mold grows on the skin of melons

2021, 9, 18,

Good evening is Yuya @ seasonal fruit freak. Today, as the title says, "How to determine whether or not to eatable when mold grows on the skin of melon".

Recommended for such a person

  • Those who are worried about whether mold grows on the skin at the time of melon ripening and can be eaten

The point of eating melon deliciously

Before we talk about when the skin of the melon is moldy, I will introduce the key points when eating melon deliciously as a main premise. As you know, the main premise is to eat melons deliciously, ripen at room temperature avoiding high temperature and humidity, and cut at a ripe timing. Once the melon is cut, it will basically end up ripening there (*), so the timing of cutting is important. In order to determine this timing, it is common to see the softness of the melon's buttocks, and the timing when it softens is ripe. After cutting, it is said that the period of delicious eating by refrigeration is 2 to 3 days, and it is said that it is 2 weeks when frozen and stored. ※ Basically, it is not possible to ripen, but there is a tricky ripening method using a microwave oven etc. (reference)

How to determine the edible foodability when mold grows on the skin of melons

So, until now, I bought two melons and ate them deliciously, but the third one had white mold growing on the skin at a ripe timing. If you check whether it is okay to eat in this state, white mold may be highly toxic. However, if mold progresses and it does not reach the following state, it was possible to eat by removing the mold part (from the mold progress part to 3 to 4 cm).

Inedible melon

  • It tastes strange (spicy, bitter, sour)
  • The seeds are discolored black.
  • They smell like garbage

Bad pattern ↓

So I cut the melon to check the progress of mold. Although there is a part where mold is progressing, the seeds are not discolored and smelled mellow. And when I removed 3 to 4 cm around the part where mold is progressing, it was deliciously eaten ^ ^

Risk of eating moldy melons

This time, the progress of mold was small, so it was eaten deliciously safely, but things with a large degree of progress of mold and rot may cause food poisoning or have carcinogenicity. Melons are not cheap, and the expected value when eating while waiting for ripening will rise, so I can see that the feeling of "uselessness" comes up, but it is quite dangerous to eat things that are progressing with mold progress, so let's decide to throw away the whole thing!



How to determine foodability when mold grows on the skin of a melon

  1. Olfactory and visual check Discard if applicable.
    • They smell strange like garbage
    • The seeds are discolored black.
  2. Removal of ineviolable parts Removes 3-4 cm from the erosion part of mold.
  3. Taste check If you taste like the following, give up and throw it away.
    • They are tingly
    • bitter
    • sour
If the melon grows mold, please refer to it! Thank you for browsing. So, then(^^)/