Watermelons are definitely a fruit made for the summer, they are over 90% water and are super hydrating. It’s full vitamins A, C, and the body-repairing antioxidant lycopene.
Last summer I was at the supermarket where I normally do my grocery shopping and I saw a big sale on watermelons. I’m guessing because watermelons are a seasonal fruit and since it was mid September and summer was almost over, they were trying to get rid of all those melons for a cheaper price (they were $3 for a really big one).
Being the idiot that I was, I went there and bought like 10 of them for $30, thinking I could just keep them in the garage for at least a month. I’m not sure what gave me the idea that uncut watermelons had that long of a shelf life, but they sure don’t!
After learning the hard way that watermelons can rot in as little as a week, let me share what I’ve learned along my journey about the storage shelf life of watermelons.
So how long does watermelon last uncut?
In a cool and dry storage area you can expect your watermelons to last about a week, or a week and a half. It really depends on how ripe or unripe your melons are. The more ripe it is at the time you bring it home, the shorter shelf life it has.
How to increase shelf life?
Like all fruits if you put them in the fridge it will slow down the ripening process and thus giving you a bit more time. You can actually store watermelons in the fridge for almost a whole month without it going bad. Unfortunately they do take up a lot of space, and so it’s better to chop them up first before you store them, but cutting them up would shorten it’s shelf life.
How long does cut watermelon last in the fridge?
Your watermelon has about 1 week if you cut it up and store it in the fridge. This is significantly a shorter shelf life than storing it uncut.
Storing it in the freezer
Of course you can super stretch it’s shelf life by freezing it, but watermelon is one of those things that just do not freeze well. When it defrosts it will have a completely different texture, it will not have that nice crisp and fresh taste associated with watermelons. But if you’re just putting it into smoothies drinks, then it could actually work quite well.
Here is a really cool recipe you can try using frozen watermelon chunks:
My recommendation is that you store it uncut in the fridge if you like to eat watermelon and enjoy it’s natural sweet crisp taste, and if you store it in the freezer then only use it for blended drinks and dessert slushies since it’s texture and taste would have changed dramatically once defrosted.