How to Tell If Cantaloupe Has Gone Bad

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How to Tell If Cantaloupe Has Gone Bad
Sliced cantaloupes should be refrigerated. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Cantaloupe is a healthy food choice because it is fat free, low in calories and rich in vitamins A and C. You can use this fruit in various recipes, such as salad mixes, or as a snack by itself. Cantaloupes can spoil if not handled and stored properly. Avoid wasting your money by purchasing a cantaloupe that has gone bad. Recognising the signs of a spoiled cantaloupe also is important if you have a bad one at home so that you don't ingest it and potentially make yourself sick.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Look for rips, cuts or tears in the rind of the cantaloupe. This type of damage can cause the melon to spoil.

  2. 2

    Touch the cantaloupe. If it feels mushy or emits juice without being sliced, it probably has gone bad.

  3. 3

    Look for melons that are shrivelled or mouldy, which are common signs of spoilage.

  4. 4

    Avoid cantaloupes that appear damaged where the stem was attached to the melon. Damage in this area also can trigger the rotting process.

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