Sunday, June 18, 2006

the watermelon that spooged

Yesterday, Mr. Cupcake and I had a few errands to do including picking up some groceries. We made a visit to our friendly neighborhood Costco and ate lunch (Mr. Cupcake loves Costco lunch) before hitting up the free samples. I had a few things on my list including a watermelon. I love watermelon. We usually buy a watermelon at least once a week this time of year. Yay for summer!

On this fine day, we examined the available watermelons at Costco. I started thumping on the watermelons. I don't really know what that does, but the last watermelon I bought, I had a lady pick one for me, and she thumped it. I usually go by weight and a yellow base. All the watermelons sounded hollow, so I wasn't sure what the best strategy was. Well, then I thumped one and it didn't sound hollow. I picked it up, and it was like lifting a bowling ball. I thought to myself, "This one is going to be awesome!". Mr. Cupcake wanted a different one, but he didn't argue. We went on our way and I was pleased as punch to have a watermelon for the week.

Later that day, I was in the kitchen doing the dishes and Mr. Cupcake was preparing dinner. The watermelon was sitting on the counter. Nothing unusual right? Well, I moved something near the watermelon and noticed a white foam that was dripping off the counter and onto the floor. I asked Mr. Cupcake if he knew what it was, but he didn't. We shuffled stuff around and figured out that the foam was coming from the watermelon:


Now, call me crazy, but I don't think this is normal. I cleaned up the foam, but it kept coming. Mr. Cupcake did some investigation and found that it didn't smell but it tasted like watermelon. He cut it open and the flesh was a dull red color, and looked kind of odd. The rind was translucent instead of a solid white color. Mr. Cupcake smelled it and proclaimed it was bad. However, he then proceeded to cut off a sliver and tried to get me to eat it. I was afraid, so I declined, but secretly I was hoping he'd eat it and tell me it was still good. I mean come on, it's basically throwing away $5! Yes, I'm a cheap bastard. Anyway, I persuaded Mr. Cupcake to eat it, and it came out of his mouth faster than it went in. Mr. Cupcake's sense of smell was spot on and the watermelon was bad. Boo.

For a few seconds, I thought about taking it back to Costco to do an exchange. I mean, I feel a little cheated here. They let me buy a rotten watermelon! Costco let me down! Mr. Cupcake thought I was crazy, and that it'd be absurd for me to bring in a rotten watermelon. I thought about it and figured he was right. Alas, it was thrown out, and I'm going to suck up the $5 loss.

So, today's lesson: watermelon thumping is a relevant practice. My friends, make sure when you thump that watermelon it sounds hollow. If want more tips, I found this site that tells you how to pick a watermelon.

96 comments:

Jaye said...

That ain't natural. The fact that it was foaming hints that it may have been injected with something. You should have called Costco to see if anybody else brought back foamy melons. Gee, that sounds so dirty.

Love the title of this post, spooge is such a great word! It's what I used to call the shoestring-like foam that hung out of my Basset Hound's mouth.

madame cupcake said...

Yeah, I feel a little cheated. This was my first watermelon from Costco and may be my last. I normally buy from this cute little market nearby, but Costco was convenient that day. I'm still thinking about calling them. My blog is proof of my misfortune. Though, my laziness will probably overpower my cheapness.

mrszazza said...

I had the same problem. I bought a watermelon from Costco last Thursday (6/15/06). It sat on my counter a few days and then began to ooze a white foam. I found it sitting in a pool of liquid. When I cut it open it made a fizzing noise. I did taste it and spit it out right away. It was bad. I too feel cheated, since I had to throw the whole melon away. It was a waste of food and money. I am going to call Costco and see if there were any other complaints.

madame cupcake said...

It's very curious that you had a spooging watermelon as well. When it happened to me, I thought it was a fluke. I guess that means they had a bad batch from their supplier? That or they're injecting their watermelons with some funky stuff like Jaye mentioned. If you call Costco, I'd be interested in what they have to say.

Anonymous said...

I too noticed a sound from a watermelon but not from Costco. It left liquid foamy stuff all over the counter and ooze kept coming out. I didn't cut it open because I thought there might be bugs in it as an earwig came out when I moved it.

Anonymous said...

I don't think this is a Costco issue. My wife bought a watermelon from a rural Texas community market and after sitting on our kitchen counter, it too began to foam just like your picture. But no bugs in it, and when she cut it open it looked perfectly normal red, not spoiled. However, the odor which was almost a fermented alcohol smell kept us from tasting it. I have never seen this in 50 years of eating watermelon.

Anonymous said...

So I am seeing a trend here - something is up with watermelons this year. We had a similar story with a seedless we bought in Lafayette, CA from Safeway. Except it was spirting the liquid out, almost like it was being pumped. We went back last night and they gave us a new one for free. The produce guy had never heard of something like this before. Hmmmmmmm -M

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!! We had the SAME thing happen!!! Last weekend, my boyfriend brought home 2 seedless watermelons that he bought from a corner fruit stand. One of them was fine, but the other had about a 3 inch split in the side and was foaming all over the place! It smelled like watermelon. We didn't cut it open either. I took several pictures of it. I think something very weird is going on with the watermelons this year. (This was in the area of Houston, Texas, by the way.)

Anonymous said...

I work at a grocery store called Winn-Dixie in Alabama, and I saw this same thing happening to one of our watermelons, and I stumbled across this site while looking up why the watermelon was foaming. If I find anything, I'll post again, I go by the pseudonym SealMan, by the way.

Anonymous said...

We had the same thing happen last night. We live in Wisconsin and purchased the watermelon from a pick-n-save two days ago.

Anonymous said...

I also happened upon this site while searching for a reason as to why the watermelon I bought from the farmer's market in Marietta, GA (suburb of Atlanta) was foaming. My husband wants to cut and eat it but I told him to let me search first--I'm worried it might make us sick.

Thank you for leaving this blog open. Yes, $5 wasted but think of the cost of a possible emergency room bill had you eaten it. Has anyone actually eaten one of these "spooging watermelons" yet?

Thanks,
Gina
(Atlanta)

Anonymous said...

http://www.rogersadvantage.com/pdf/wml_BFBQAexperts.pdf

page four

gross

Anonymous said...

Madame, have you seen had this issue this year? The same thing has happened to me this morning. I refused to open it because I was convinced there was a bug in it and I didn't want it jumping on me. Yuck

madame cupcake said...

I haven't seen it this year fortunately. To be fair, my watermelon consumption has been fairly limited. Though, it appears, the number of hits to this particular post do seem to be down this year compared to last. I hope you don't see another one like it, knock on wood!

TING said...

Ha! I'm not the only one with a foaming foam and I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to touch the it or not. And then when I did, my finger went into the flesh of the melon, which totally creeped me out b/c it was soft and rather gooey. Well, I'm glad it's not aliens or crazy parasites in my melon, only a mere waste of 5 dollars. Shame too, it had such an usual name "sweet sugar watermelon" I was rather curious if it would live up to its name.

Anonymous said...

I bought a watermelon yesterday from Meijer in IN and had left it in a plastic bag on the floor. I moved the bag and to my surprise found a foamy mess on the floor and all over the bag (it had leaked some). It was sitting near my laundry unit and for a moment I panicked thinking my washing machine was somehow leaking strategically lol. I freaked out when I found my watermelon covered in foam; I'd never seen anything like it before. A quick google search lead me to your site. Thank goodness I'm not the only one. Better a $5 watermelon lost than a broken washing machine.

Blanco, Jaime said...

Ours is foaming now, but only after it magically left a pool of clear liquid on our counter. We bought it yesterday, so I'm going to prove I'm an even CHEAPER bastard by taking it back to Publix for a refund. :D

Anonymous said...

Ok, weird watermelons. I would have freaked if saw a melon foaming. Who would guess that could happen!

Anyone have troubles this year?

Derek said...

Our watermelon looked like it had hemorrhoids. It had some of the red inside coming out. When I picked the watermelon up it was coming out so fast from the slight pressure that I couldn't make it to the sink fast enough. When it got to the sink I cut it open and the whole inside was liquified. Totally nasty - too bad I threw it out in the woods of else I would have taken it back to Walmart.

Anonymous said...

It's still happening! I just purchase a big, beatuiful watermelon from my local Meijers and a few days later there was foam and juice all over my kitchen floor! I found it in the morning as I was leaving for work. So I tossed it in the sink and headed out, thinking I would cut it open when I got home. After reading these post I hope it doesn't turn into ol' faithful for me to come home to a kitchen covered in melon spooge! My Seedless watermelon was bought from a local Meijers in Michigan.

I will let you know what I find after getting home :P

-Neil

Anonymous said...

We just had the same thing happen. Bought it yesterday at Meijers in MI and this morning it was foaming and oozing all over. It was a small seedless watermelon on sale $2.99. Will be taking it back today. They can throw it out.

Anonymous said...

My daughter just posted a video of our watermelon foaming here:

YouTube Video

Does anyone know what causes this?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, wrong link: Her YouTube Video

Anonymous said...

I bought a watermelon from Publix in FL yesterday and I when I cut it up today it looked funky. I cut a piece that looked normal but it was attached to a rotten piece and it tasted terrible. It freaked me out because I have never experienced a bad watermelon in my life like this. I just returned from Publix and I returned my mangled watermelon and was given my $4. The girl at the counter looked at me like I had no life but I didn't care. I just couldn't throw it away, I had to show them what happened. To validate my problem, a sweet little old lady standing next to me said "Did you get a bad one too?" so there is definitely an epidemic going around.

Anonymous said...

Hi I bought watermelons from Costco 2 days back and noticed a smelly foamy discharge from it this morning.Looked almost soaked it :( Cut it open and noticed it being dull red and slimy in there.I couldnt believe it went bad so soon,so i did a search and found like minded souls here!Feel bad cuz that was gonna be my first watermelon this season! Hmm i have another one which doesnt seem rotten yet..maybe ill cut it open now and check..

Anonymous said...

YUCK. This just happened to me today!!! I heard this awful hissing sound and it was foam OOZING from the watermelon!

I never want to eat a watermelon again. :S

Anonymous said...

Happened to me today in Toronto, Canada

Anonymous said...

This is what I love about the internet. If something weird happens, you can find so many other people with the same experience! The foaming watermelon happened to me this morning (bought from Sams in Houston, TX). I've never seen anything like this in my life, and we eat a lot of watermelon!! It's going back to Sam's today and I'm debating whether I ask for a refund or try and exchange it. I really don't want to get another foaming one...

Anonymous said...

my parents went away for a couple of weeks, i'm 17, so i bought a watermelon while they were gone, because its tasty tasty :) well obviously i forgot about it and left it in a random cupboard, a day before my parents got back i thought, hmmmm i wouldn't mind a bit of watermelon, at this point there was a funky smell in my kitchen, me beleiving it was just the bin or something, i thought nothing of it, but as soon as i opened the cupboard to the watermelon, i immediatly had to run and gete something to cover the smell, i think mine went beyond foaming,

the smell is like a sweet decompostion sort of. it lingers like a bitch and i cant bet rid of the smell.

i picked it up to chuck it out (no way i was gonna eat that) and the inside fell through the shell onto the floor, the colour (i'm english) was mostly vibrant green mush, with bits of deep deep blood red,

anybody else had this happen?

how to get rid of the smell?

Anonymous said...

This just happened to me today! I bought a watermelon from a farmer's market in Pennsylvania!
Seriously- how do you get the smell out of the house?

Anonymous said...

OMG... I thought for sure that my ex-wife was sneaking into my house and injecting poison into the watermelon that was sitting on my kitchen counter!

Watermelon bought at Price Chopper, in Whitby, Ontario, on Sept 14th. Started foaming on Sept 16th.

Anonymous said...

It happens in the garden . . . but I don't know why.
We grew watermelon for the first time this year. We planted a couple seedlings we bought at the farmers market and got about 12 melons altogether. They didn't start getting ripe until mid-late August. We've been eating them since then and all have been delicious. There was a frost warning for tonight so I picked the 4 remaining melons. One was oozing. Based on this blog I guess I'll throw that one away! I'll ask the people we got the seedlings from about it.

buffalojoe said...

No oozing, but chunky white flesh inside. Worst part is, my wife cut it up, bagged it and we were off for a day at the park. After playing frisbee, she grabbed a piece out of the bag and took a big bite... purchased at Costco in Pembroke Pines, FL.

Anonymous said...

Well, I just had the same experience, except that when I cut into the watermelon it squirted out the foam and continued to sizzle and foam for several minutes afterward. Also, the melon smells like just cut lawn grass, and the flesh is very dark red. Mine came from Walmart in Virginia. Give me back my old seeded watermelon - they taste better anyway. Who cares about spitting out some seeds!

Anonymous said...

I had looked this up on the internet and found this site. I do believe it is not natural for this to happen.I am in San Diego California and its still happening.

Seamus said...

The watermelon is fermenting. If this happens throw it out right away because in some cases it can explode.

Anonymous said...

Well good golly, we just got 2 from Nino Salvaggios here in MICH and ones foaming all over the place, now someonw says their gonna blow up? Great...

Anonymous said...

We bought a watermelon at a Safeway in Northern VA that has been foaming for two days now. Thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

Spooky, something is happening to our watermelons...I am going to check with a food/agri-sciences person I know. Unfortunately it will probably right back to somehting we have been doing to the earth for however many years.

We bought our little seedless watermelon on Thursday night (it is sunday morning now) at Trader Joe's in Madison, WI. It is foaming all over the place, coming from 3 spots...

I love watermelon
I eat watermelon all summer long
I don't know if I am going to be able to eat watermelon again...

w said...

i just had this happen to me. seriously. and mine was from sam's. which means. aliens are infiltrating the wholesale clubs.

Melisa K. said...

Still happening...I bought mine from Hannaford in Waltham, MA. It's disgusting. For some reason I haven't thrown it out yet. I hope it doesn't explode!

christy said...

A similar thing happened with a watermelon we bought from wal-mart on the foruth of July. There was no foam but there was liquid that seemed to be coming out of it. Actually, I kept finding what appeared to be water puddles on the floor. When I followed the liqued it led to the melon.There were no soft spots. My husband took it outside and opened it up. The meat was like slush. The rind was perfect.It was like it was hollowed out and filled with watermelon puree. My husband is very supersticious and believes this was a super-natural incident. Thank goodness I found this blog, I was starting to believe him.

Dana Ceres said...

I got my watermelon at Costco in Altamonte Springs, Fl. Am I the only one that heard theirs pop? It was a pop and then a fizzling sound. The watermelon is still fizzing four hours later and leaving a yellow bubble like liquid behind. Ewh, I'm glad I had some kind of notice before I tried to eat the thing. I was thinking today was going to be the day.

Anonymous said...

I just had a watermelon "ooze" all over my counter yesterday morning....bought it at Safeway. I can't for the life of me get the horrible smell off my counter...it's natural stone, so I'm afraid it seeps into the surface and will never go away?!?!? YUCK!

Rhianon said...

Happy to have found this forum - the bastard spooged all over my other fruit! I bought mine from Aldi and thought those pesky Germans had injected it with a chemical warfare chemical..

Jennifer said...

Just happened to us right now. We are near San Diego and bought ours from a WinCo Foods. It oozed white foam; when it dried on the countertop, it turned yellow/brown. I sat the watermelon in THREE plastic bags before trying to cut it open to see if there were any bugs in it. As soon as I stabbed it, it spurted at us, like a pressure release. Washed my hands and continued cutting it open. It looked like the "meat" or whatever it's called was pulling away from the rind. My fiance is convinced that there is something in there eating away at it, but I didn't see anything. That link that somebody posted says its a fruit disease, but doesn't say anything about contact with humans. I think I am going to call the store and see if they want to do anything about it.

Anonymous said...

I live in Australia and have had it happen twice in the last 2 weeks from different suppliers. i'm really grossed out and dont think ill stomach another one. im gonna ask them tommorrow if they know what causes it. i had never seen it before either.

ymerej said...

My wife and I were sitting in the and having a chat when we heard an pop sound and some hissing. At first we thought is was some vermin that got in our house some how. I was sent to investigate and found the the watermelon we bought a week ago was spewing all over the floor. What a mess.

Claude said...

Smyrna farmers market watermelon just had this same issue. Purchased watermelon and a day later it is now foaming and leaking liquid, so thus this watermelon is now in the garbage can. Thanks for the comments above about BFB as this seems exactly what has occured. The farmers market is luckily cheap so we were not out the typical $4-5 that Wal Mart or Kroger charges.

Anonymous said...

The same thing just happened to me! Good thing I read this blog before I cut into the watermelon I got here in San Antonio a few days ago, can't remember where. Thanks for leaving this blog up so that I could compare notes with others who've had the same experience. And, thanks to this blog, I didn't throw it out to the deer to eat!

Anonymous said...

I bought a mini watermelon from Publix today. My wife was going to bed and asked who put soap all over the melon. I went to investigate and noticed the melon had foam coming out of it and making a hissing sound and it also looked as it was sweating. I will take everyones word and assume its rotten. I will be returning this tommorrow..that's a 1st for me!

Anonymous said...

We bought a watermelon 4 days ago from Cermak Produce near Chicago and it started foaming yesterday, I guess the heat made it spoil faster.. kinda funny to see it foam though.

Todd said...

So... just to add another story to the list. We found our one-day-old (small) watermelon foaming and sitting in a puddle on our kitchen counter last night. We moved it to the sink and I thought my wife would just throw it out today.

But my wife just called me at work to tell me that we now have watermelon all over the kitchen, because when she cut into this morning, it didn't just pop... it exploded. The kids came running to see what the big pop/sound was only to find mom and the kitchen covered in watermelon guts (including the ceiling).

So... fair warning... if your foaming/leaking watermelon doesn't "implode" or pop on its own, I don't recommend cutting into it while inside the house.

Anonymous said...

I bought a seeded watermelon and tonight it was foaming. I live in MN and bought it at Aldi.

Anonymous said...

My husband just woke up to go to work and found watermelon all over the kitchen. EVERYWHERE.. walls, floor, you name it. He came and woke me up... it was like someone picked up the melon, smashed it on the counter and left. It smelled horrible. What The??

Anonymous said...

Add Wegman's to the list! I bought a mini seedless watermelon from there a couple of days ago in Williamsport, PA... came home from work today to find foam coming out of it with a pool of clear liquid underneath it. Yuck!

Anonymous said...

Boought a mini seedless watermelon at Whole Foods last Thursday. This morning I found it has foamed and oozed all over the counter. I just cleaned up the counter and put the watermelon in the sink - hope it doesn't explode while I'm at work. Only out $2. Couple of weeks ago, I bought a big watermelon at Sams in Chesterfield. Cut into it the next day and the inside was all mush. Me thinks I should give up on watermelon this year!!

Anonymous said...

I was at kroeger and in the mood for watermelon didnt want to buy a whole melon so went to look at the pre-cut ones the price for a 1/4melon was 10.79 outrageous, left there for walmart where I bought a whole one for 3.98. It sat on my counter for 2 days (guess I lost my craving lol) this morning when I went to refill my coffee, I thought my coffee machine had leeked and then I saw little bits red and Looked at the watermelon one end had collapse and water everwhere fortunatly I had the melon sitting in a shallow plate or the mess would have been worse. It will be returned, maybe buy some watermelon jolly ranchers instead.....

Anonymous said...

I bought my watermelon at the A&P in NY. I left it on the counter for 2 days before I noticed bubbles coming out of the top. I never saw that before so I googled "watermelon bubbles" and got a bunch of websites for Watermelon bubblegum and one other site where someone answered that it was ripening and you should eat it right away. I cut into it and got sprayed all over. I took a small bite and almost threw up. It was rotten. Too bad I found this site too late after I almost puked all over.

Anonymous said...

My friend purchased a few watermelons for me at a fruit stand near Hermiston, OR for the past few weeks. It's the Walchli farm selling them. Supposed to be the "best" melons. Most have been ok but yesterday I found a foaming one. Liquid all over the counter and foam on the melon. Put it in the sink and cut into it a few hours later. It had still been foaming. First cut into it sounded like opening a soda can! Gooey and gross inside! And the smell! Never seen this before. Weirdest darn thing!

Anonymous said...

I thought someone had spit into the bin of watermelons at the store. When I opened the one I brought home up, it was mostly water and mushy red dark flesh. It looked like raw red meat. Ucky!

Anonymous said...

I am totally freaked out be reading all of this. I can't believe I didn't google this earlier. I bought a pack of 2 mini watermelons from the Altamonte Costco on Aug 22nd. On Aug 23rd I came home from work and exactly the same thing happened to me. It smelled like vomit on dead people all over my kitchen. I dont know how a volleyball sized mellon managed to have sprayed gallons of fluid and chunks all over my kitchen, but there was at least an 8 foot spray. All the fruit next to it rotted instantly.

Right after that, I began to notice hives on my body. I thought they might just be stretch marks since they were small and spotty and not too many. Six weeks later, I am not into a chronic case of hives. No one can tell me what is wrong with me. I was in the ER last week with my face and lips swollen with hives. I am doing testing at an immunologist/allergist tomorrow and am going to ask if there may be parasites or something from the watermelon that could have entered my bloodstream. I remember having a cut on my finger and I purposely wore latex gloves when cleaning up the disaster. But, I could have gotten something in me after I took the gloves off. Has anyone else developed any physical issues or know of any possible hive reaction to the pesticides, or cause of the rotting melon?

Anonymous said...

Ahh!! that's happening to my watermelon right now! I'm scared to open it:/

Anonymous said...

Cut open my watermelon and it smelled yeasty, like something fermented. Cut up half and then noticed the liquid bubbling up was a greyish white color. Tossed it! A Costco melon...I will mention it next time I go in and see what they will do.

Anonymous said...

Ewww, same thing happened to me. We got our watermelon from Walmart in Hanover, Pa. I finally figured out how to pick a ripe one, so my Husband and I got 2. The next morning I woke to a fizzing sound coming from the watermelon. I picked it up and all this liquid was all over my counter, so I put the melon in the sink and grabbed a knife and stabbed it. Bad idea! The sound was like it was exploding of carbonation and the smell was so wretched, I gagged . I expected a black melon, but it was bright red like ground beef and real meaty looking. I quickly ran the water and disposal, grabbed a trash bag and threw that beast out !

Anonymous said...

My husband brought home a beautiful watermelon Monday night. I would have loved to cut into it, but decided to wait. Tuesday afternoon, when my husband got home from work, he noticed the watermelon foaming and a liquid running onto the counter, down the front of the cabinet and onto the floor. He called Sam's Club and they said they never heard of such a thing (note...this is Kansas). They told him he could bring it back. He waited until I got home so that I could see it. Sure enough it appeared as though there could be a rabid alien growing inside! One of the weirdest things I've ever seen. After searching Google, it is nice to know that this is a frequent occurence.

Anonymous said...

We live in North Carolina, and it came out of a co-workers garden. She gave the watermelon to me at lunch time, and by the time I went to leave for the day, there was water all over my desk. Yes! Coming from a small hole in the watermelon. Bubbling, but not quite foaming.

Anonymous said...

We too are victims of a Rabbid Watermellon. My wife woke up this morning to find out Sams Club wattermellson foaming on the counter. She started calling out for me. I was still 1/2 asleep. When saw it I told her is had rabbies and we should call animal controll. She told me it's not funny ( I still think it was!). Well today we'll have to take a back to Sams Club. I'm just thinking we should put it in a cage or something. I whould want my watermellon to bite anyone.

Anonymous said...

Woke up this morning to an exploded watermelon I bought at Key Food in NY on Thursday - I could not even believe what happened I kept looking to see if maybe something fell on it but the smell and foam inside the 2 halves it broke into confirmed it was a bad melon. I have never seen or heard anything like this, but I did see a few articles about misuse of chemicals for rapid growth in China causing this to happen. Thank you for all your posts, I was just so at a loss picking up chunks off the floor and scraping it off the walls and didnt even know what to think!

Anonymous said...

Rotten watermelon... San Antonio TX, USA purchased 6 August 2011 from SAMs club... Skin was soft and squishy leaking liquid... Residue solidified into off white film on kitchen table...

Anonymous said...

Good morning, WOW.... IT WAS THE WATERMWLON ON THE COUNTER ALL WEEKEND MAKING ME SICK!!

After reading all these blogs, I have figured out what was making me feel like a pile of nuts were following me all weekend!! (I am very allergic to nuts, and YES also mold and some fermentations. And usually I have a great sense of humor, but not today, so this was a blessing to find and read).

So I have been battling a horse voice on and off from the fertilizer guys all summer, and then... This weekend I got to a point of sheer madness!! WHAT IS MAKING ME FEEL SO BAD??? I felt like it was an effort to breathe, and like I was VERY EXPOSED TO AN ALLERGY.

Well..... Thanks to ALL of you and your great comments since 2006..... IT WAS THE FOAMING WATERMELON SAGA IN MY VERY OWN KITCHEN!

I couldn't even talk this morning I was so horse, (and I have a bad back so I have been sleeping on the couch about 10 feet away from the watermelon all weekend)!!!

Good grief, Imagine if the watermelon had exploded like some of the writers wrote, it would have been all over me!

So my husband said, "don't you feel better now after reading these scary AND funny blogs?" (after my histeria of the foam and liquid all over the counter, having a horse voice, and thinking I had bronchitis, and then thinking the house was covered with bochilism from the foaming watermelon).

YES I AM POSSITIVE IT WAS THE MELON WITH THE RABBIES! It was all over the counter this morning...

WAY UP THERE ABOUT 2 years earlier, someone wrote they had an explosion all over the kitchen.... THANK YOU FOR CALMING ME DOWN!

I am sometimes "sensitive" to eating water melon, THIS EXPLAINS SO MANY THINGS.

You brave people who cut that frothing beast open in your sink.... YIKES!

If you have questions on how to pick out a watermelon...
Someone said, make sure it sounds hollow.
We live in Michigan, and it's been an extra hot summer...
That could explain the fast fermenting of watermelons this year.

And if you aren't feeling good and it's not making sense.... DO YOU HAVE A ROTTING WATERMELON ON YOUR COUNTER?
Thanks, Debbie from Rochester, Mi

Adelas said...

We got a foaming melon today too. Bought at Sprouts in Plano, TX - usually the best place for produce.

From the link posted near the top of the list, it appears these watermelons have bacterial infections, so it's probably best to double bag it in trash bags, then toss it hard into the outside trash bin so it explodes in the bag under your control, instead of exploding later that night and making everyone think there's a shooter on the loose. And also so that you don't have to clean and Lysol all the surfaces that the thing exploded onto INSIDE your house.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure this is happening here. People are using chemicals to make them grow faster.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_4yY-i56-I

I recently had one explode on me bought around the Memphis, TN area.

Anonymous said...

Add me to the list of those with a fizzing, foaming, fermenting, bacteria-infested rotting watermelon.

Happened to me with a melon purchased from an Aldi's in PA (should have had a clue when I had previously seen a watermelon mess a week or so before in the store -- chalked it up to melons being in the bottom of the proverbial barrel).

I normally purchase my fruits at a large well-known local grocery chain (quality is always first-rate), but noticed the far lower prices for produce in the Aldi flyer. Well, in reading through the other comments, this problem seems to happen to even high-end grocers (such as whole foods).

In my case, I was awakened by a strange buzzing noise and when I discovered (finally!), that it was coming from my recently purchased watermelon, I was mortified!!!

It was dark and I only saw something that seemed to be coming from inside the melon...and trying to get out. I swear I even saw some sort of light emanating from my melon. I was so freaked out!

Because it was making a strange buzzing noise, I seriously thought there was some disgusting bug or rodent or even a FAMILY of bugs or something just as disgusting inside -- so I wasn't about to look or even wait around for daylight.

The super sad part it -- not only the wasted money I spent on the melon -- but the fact that it was still in my recyclable tote -- which I got at a trade show (so i can't buy another anyewhere0 -- and it's extra large with extra wide straps which were ideal for carrying watermelons!!!!! (and loads of heavy groceries).

I just grabbed that thing and took it outside where I had already placed a waiting garbage bag and threw the whole thing in there.
I just sooooo did not want to handle that hissing/buzzing "it's alive!" watermelon anymore than I had to.

I didn't have time to fire up the 'net and go searching for an answer - not when something was about to crawl out of my watermelon!! in my house!!!
(or so I thought).

I'm sooo glad it was NOT a pest -- but now that I know it was just some nasty bacteria -- I could have saved my irreplaceable shopping tote - - boo-hoo!!!!

It is clear that it is that BFB -- the article says it's been around since about 1989.

Mine left a big pile of yucky goo that seeped out of the tote.

Mine was a seedless watermelon, btw, and now I'm wondering if any of these suckers get eaten and if people are getting sick.

I absolutely LOVEEEEE watermelon and am so disgusted now.

Seems a lot of people are getting taken for a rotten melon ride --- and we all need to keep telling our grocers this is not acceptable!

Anonymous said...

This happened to us right here in Alhambra, California. We purchased ours from a local mom and pop market. Found it to be oozing of foam and clear liquid. Once I took it to the sink and poked it with a knife it exploded...but into 2 pieces. What a weird sight never experienced this and I love watermelon and eat pretty regularly. We threw it away just assuming it was not well. An acquaintance mentioned when she lived in Bangkok the grocers would purposely inject the watermelons with water to increase the weight so to make more money per pound. Crazy!!! Naturally, now our minds are wondering about what is done to our watermelons before we bring them home.

Anonymous said...

wow! we just cut open a watermelon purchased from walmart in thornton,co tonight. Right when i cut it open it spilled about two cups of clear liquid all over the counter. But what really caught my eye was the inside of the melon. It was growing so weird, kinda spiral looking with 4 red circles inside. The rest was light pink not consistent at all. i know this was not normal this is about our 10th watermelon this year.

Anonymous said...

To change it up a bit, I bought a plastic tub of cut up watermelon from an HEB in Austin, TX two days ago, and put it in the fridge overnight. The next morning, I saw this puddle under the watermelon container, but assumed it was just juice from the container being tipped slightly while I carried it around in the shopping bag. The lid seemed to be under some pressure, so I smelled the watermelon, and it smelled like nothing. There was no sweet smell, no watermelon smell, but also no horrible odor as described in the other comments. The taste, though... I spat it back out before I'd even chewed it up. It felt carbonated, like a mouthful of soda, and tasted bitter and tart and sour. I thought someone had poured Sprite in the watermelon and I'd picked up some kind of novelty item in the produce section, but it was just a regular cut up watermelon. I think the container was sealed so well it was able to ferment in there despite being cut up. Yuck.

Anonymous said...

HEY EVERYBODY! Your watermelons have been infected with Bacterial Fruit Blotch disease. This is a highly contagious bacterium that can invade the seed of a fruit before it even germinates. Symptoms are: foul smell coming from fruit, fruit leaking liquid, fruit exuding white foam, hissing sounds emanating from fruit, and sometimes exploding fruits. These fruits should be thrown away and brought to the attention of the produce manager where you purchased them, who then should report this occurence to the Dept. of Agriculture and the vendor where they came from. Do not eat this fruit! Do not use it in your compost heap as it can infect other types of plants.

JMACK said...

We bought a watermelon from Costco yesterday and this morning when I woke up, the counter was covered in liquid and the watermelon had a large amount of foam coming out! Same deal as the original poster. Typical Costco and their poor produce.

Anonymous said...

We bought a cantaloupe from costco this week, i walked by the counter, only 2 hear it hissing and oosing a nasty, sticky liquid. We didnt know what 2 do, glad 2 have the internet as a resource. Appreciate the blog on what 2 do. We wanted 2 take it back 2 costco, but it a matter of time. However, after reading the blog above. I will report this to the produce manager. I do wonder about costco lately, or at least the one by us in phoenix. Potatoes have spoiled after 1 week, strawberries frozen, bad cantalope. Are they just dealing with commerical farmers that are pushing so much out so fast 2 make an extra buck, at the consumers expense?

Anonymous said...

I Live in NW Florida and had the same thing happen today. I bought a seedless watermelon from farmers market three days ago and sat it on the tile kitchen floor because farmers market said it would take a couple of days to ripen. It was oozing white foam. I greww up on a farm. My dad grows watermelons every year and i have never seen this before.

Michael Druhm said...

I think these are GMO (Genetically MOdified) watermelons and are unnatural. Thats because our idiot congress approves of GMO foods from corporations like Monsanto who pay off all our political hacks and then proceed to poison the citizens who eat this crap !!! Do you believe congress doesnt even require GMO food to be labelled, so you get it whether you like it or not. Time for a revolution folks!

Anonymous said...

This happened to me today, too! Mine was a mini seedless watermelon from WalMart in IL. I bought it YESTERDAY and even thumped it (although I don't really know what to listen for, I just noted that it was hard, not soft). Today I went to go cut it open, and it was totally soft! Annnddd....then I realized these little bugs I had noticed flying around my apt today were coming from the watermelon!!!! Sooooo grosss...I don't even want to know what the inside would look like, I ran to the dumpster as fast as possible.

Anonymous said...

Happened to a mini seedless watermelon here in BC today too. Learn something new everyday I guess.

Anonymous said...

I bought 4 small seedless watermelons from Grocery Outlet in Berkeley,CA. 3 of them were mushy dull red (I suspect they were rotten/spoiled) and one of the 3 was entirely dull dark red down to the rind and made a LOUD hissing sound when I cut it open and liquid poured out all over the cutting board and onto the floor. The smell was pungent. No wonder I was ill these past couple of days...I've been eating infected watermelon from that store. Thought it was a stomach bug.

Paula B said...

Still happening 7/12/13. I bought a "personal" (mini) seedless watermelon from Target in Kellet TX. Cut into it within an hour of bringing it home...I did notice a small amount of foam on outside, but the real shocker happened when I cut it. It actually made a SOUND...like a long hiss, or the sound a 2-liter bottle of carbonated beverage makes when you pop the top after its been shaken too much. It "spooked" and hissed for over a minute. Very gross. Within that short time the cut side of the rind started looking translucent and slimy. What in the world is going on??!!?

Anonymous said...

This happened to me today. Came home to a large puddle of milky-cleanish liquid, found it coming from the melon which was hollow in the front. The liquid smelled like chemicals. Almost like lye I want to say.

Anonymous said...

I am a fan of Stackexchange sites, and found the below on one of them that some people that read all these "Me too" comments :) might find helpful/interesting.

http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/5922/what-are-the-telltale-signs-of-a-bad-watermelon

Anonymous said...

Also, the PDF mentioned a couple of times in the comments above is no longer available on that site. View by using http://web.archive.org/web/20120119065553/http://www.rogersadvantage.com/pdf/wml_BFBQAexperts.pdf

Peter Snyder said...

Funny that this is the 8th summer of comments to this post. We just picked our first watermelon from our garden this year, and apparently we waited too long. It didn't have the creamy color on the bottom and the stem was still fairly strong, but there was a small split and when I stuck the knife into it, it started to his and spray. It didn't look awful inside, although there was a hollow section. But it smelled awful.

Peter Snyder said...

"hiss"

Anonymous said...

Just had this happen with a melon from the local CSA in KY. Never have I seen something like this. Left a puddle on the floor it was coming out so much. Gross!

Anonymous said...

Just finished cleaning up a putrid mess from a watermelon I had bought from Flemington markets in Sydney a few days ago.

Swisstoons said...

I couldn't resist two personal size watermelons for four bucks at my local Krogers a couple days ago. Today when I reached for one I'd put in the fridge, I noticed it was sitting in a large puddle. Before I sliced it open, I noticed a 1-inch "stab wound" in the side...which probably happened when the worker harveting it slipped with his knife (?). When I cut the melon in half, I found that it was completely hollowed out with a puddle of red slime settling in one of the halves. It smelled like wall paint. I suspect that bacteria entered the melon through the "stab wound" and had a feast before I finally cut into it. I hope the remaining melon is good. But I don't have the appetite to cut into that one right now. First, I've got to clean up the fridge and the floor.

Swisstoons said...

Quick update: In order to get rid of the watermelon I spoke about in a recent post, I had to cut it up with a cleaver in pieces small enough to fit down my garage disposal. The rind was hard and, as mentioned, the inside was liquified red slime. I felt like I was living a scene from the Sopranos; the one where Tony and Christopher dispose of Ralphie. I feel like I should go turn myself in to the police. Hahaha

Anonymous said...

I am glad I found your blog because I just had the same problem with a Watermelon I bought recently. It had never happen to me before so I was really concerned that the white liquid and foam were the result of something toxic. It was really bad and making funny noises like a baking soda reaction.