Signs That Your Honeydew Has Gone Bad

Honeydew may be available all year round, but it just hits different in the summer. Not only is the cool juiciness of the melon a welcome refreshment on a hot July day, but its peak season runs from June to October (via Kitchen Stories). In the same family as watermelon and cantaloupe, honeydew is full of good-for-you vitamins and antioxidants, according to Healthline. Whether you eat it sliced from the rind, or cubed up and tossed in a fruit salad, the melon is a delicious, low-calorie treat when you're craving something sweet.

However, we've all had those moments when we're overzealous in the produce section and buy a little more than we can eat before it goes bad. If you have a honeydew melon in the fridge that's been there for more than a few days, you may be wondering whether or not it's still safe to eat. Here's how to tell if your honeydew melon has turned.

Pay attention to the color and the smell

The first way to tell if a honeydew melon has gone bad is to look at the color and appearance. According to Pantry Tips, the honeydew will turn from its usual bright green shade to a murky dark yellow. The rind itself will feel mushy and soft and will collapse easily at the touch. Eat By Date adds that significant bruising or, of course, any signs of mold are both reasons to toss your honeydew, as well. You'll also be able to identify a bad melon by its odor and taste. Pantry Tips says a rotten honeydew will have a "vinegary" flavor and will have an unpleasant smell. 

So how long does a honeydew last? Still Tasty says it varies by melon but generally, honeydew will remain fresh for two to four days at room temperature or five to seven days in the refrigerator.