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Why don’t you like watermelon?

Asked by Ltryptophan (11049points) 1 week ago from iPhone

I know someone who is disgusted by watermelon. They don’t have any more to add about why they don’t like it.

Can you tell me what it is about watermelon that makes it inedible for you?

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Lonelyheart807's avatar

Not inedible per say, but I can’t stand dealing with the seeds. Otherwise, I love watermelon! (I do occasionally but the cut-up portions in the supermarket, but that’s kind of expensive.)

Ltryptophan's avatar

@Lonelyheart807 but, there are seedless watermelons. It sounds like you like it- haha

Forever_Free's avatar

Disgusted is a pretty strong emotion to not be able to elaborate more on why.

Personally love it. I however have know a few people who do not like the texture, flavor or smell

JLeslie's avatar

I love watermelon, but I can see how someone might not like it if they tried a bad one on their first try. The texture is horrible if it is overripe. If it is underripe it is not sweet enough.

I hate dealing with the seeds also, I eat the seedless.

I only eat it when it is in season. I don’t other with watermelon shipped in from far away out of season.

Watermelon is my go to fruit when out in the heat. Great for sitting by the swimming pool.

chyna's avatar

I love watermelon, but at room temperature. I Don’t like cold on my teeth.
So maybe your friend doesn’t like the coldness when ate directly from being refrigerated.

JLeslie's avatar

@chyna Interesting. For me I don’t like it at room temperature, I like all fruit cold. So, it could also be the opposite, the friend tried it warm and would prefer it cold. Good point.

Lonelyheart807's avatar

@JLeslie but I find that even when I buy the seedless, it still has those little white seeds in it. So even that is not tolerable to me.

Forever_Free's avatar

@chyna @JLeslie Interesting. I prefer at room temperature because it is more flavorful. Yet I can understand the cold factor in making it less desirable
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janbb's avatar

Love it but like everything else, people have their personal reactions to foods.

Mimishu1995's avatar

If you have to eat something everyday without fail, you get fed up with it.

JLeslie's avatar

@Lonelyheart807 I see. Yeah, if those seeds bother you then I can see why you don’t want to deal with it. I’m not patient with pits and seeds either.

@Forever_Free Watermelon for me is like a water substitute when I’m hot, so I like it cold, but it’s true that food very cold can have less flavor. Oddly, Clementines are sweeter when kept in the fridge. I’m not the only one to notice this of my friends and relatives.

I even put my bananas in the fridge before eating, and a lot of people don’t like how the cold air turns the peel brown. It’s just the peel, unless it’s overripe of course.

RocketGuy's avatar

I agree with @JLeslie 100%, plus watermelons go bad very quickly and most are too big to fit in our fridge.

But when they are good, they are GOOD!

KNOWITALL's avatar

The flavor isn’t horrible, but the texture bothers me, it feels stringy and too sweet. I haven’t even tried it in at least ten years now. Everyone think’s I’m weird for not liking it.

My husband doesn’t eat pudding because of the texture, so I guess we all have our little peccadillo’s.

Ltryptophan's avatar

Watermelon is the best thing ever. It’s absurd not to like it. Unless you’ve only had gross watermelons: Mealy, or unsweet, or hollow.

Or, maybe you coincidentally got sick when you ate one, and your mind binds the taste to the illness.

For 9 years I would not touch a Dorito because I got sick as a kid eating them. I don’t eat them now because they are garbage.

Anyway, interesting comments.

The person I know will eat watermelon, but does not like it. They are obviously disgusted by it. This senior individual does not really have strong loquacious opinions about things, and has a laundry list of foods they don’t care to eat. :D

I was just interested to see if many others also dislike such a commonly favorited fruit.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Ltryptophan I’ve always had good watermelons, even as a kid, I would play the seed-spitting game but spit out the watermelon. I’d take a lovely cantaloupe instead though! :D

kruger_d's avatar

I like it ok, but no favorite. Flavor is an issue if buying at a grocier and, unlike other fruits, there is little to indicate quality other than a good thump. Odds are better with farmers market or grow your own.

Demosthenes's avatar

I love watermelon and I can’t understand those who don’t like it. It’s true that sometimes they can be bad, as @Ltryptophan points out, but there’s nothing better than a good watermelon. Watermelon, cantaloupe, and cherries: my favorite fruits. :)

kritiper's avatar

With seeds? Too much trouble to separate out the seeds. And it’s too sticky, attracts flies and bees.
Seedless? Everything above except for separating out the seeds.

Ltryptophan's avatar

@kritiper , so it’s the whole experience :D

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I only like fresh and crisp and cold watermelon. The day old stuff is horrendous.

JLeslie's avatar

I once saw a show about growing watermelons, I wish I could remember it well. They talked about how they somehow made the fruit grow faster for commercial production and when not done well the watermelon texture was different and you would see cleavages or splits in the red part of the watermelon. Supposedly, that’s undesirable. I’ve seen watermelons like that, but they always taste ok to me.

filmfann's avatar

I love watermelon. Unfortunately, the last time I had some, it was spoiled, and it was like chewing needles.

smudges's avatar

The only thing I don’t like about watermelon is that it’s messy; the rind with the retained water is also heavy in trash bags. I favor the ‘personal’ ones. They’re smaller – easier to handle and cut up.

jca2's avatar

I love watermelon. I swallow the seeds, when there are seeds. Like I say, “it all comes out in the end.”

When I have it at home, I cut the rind off so that I don’t have to deal with rinds. I will cut it in small pieces and maybe eat a piece or two over the sink. I like it when it’s refrigerated.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

I love watermelon.‘Nuff said

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Kardamom's avatar

Love the flavor, don’t care for the weird texture. I don’t like other melons such as cantaloupe or honeydew, for similar reasons, but those two also taste metallic to me, and I don’t like it at all.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Too much water and not enough melon.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I like watermelon. Brings back memories of blazing hot 4th of Julys and biting into cold, watery water melon. Slurp!

Lonelyheart807's avatar

One more comment from me regarding watermelon. I used to cashier at a grocery store. And from that perspective, I hated watermelon, because we sold so many in the summer. They were hard to life out of the cart (and sometimes the customer expected you to do that for them), and they were hard to put in a bag. And once, I dropped on my foot! Fortunately, I didn’t catch the full brunt of the weight, and I had good shoes, so I didn’t suffer even so much as a bruise, but that was not pleasant!

Okay, enough ranting. :-)

LostInParadise's avatar

Watermelon is okay, but I am not much of a fan. They really do not have much flavor. What would watermelon juice taste like?

Lonelyheart807's avatar

@LostInParadise probably not real flavorful, but still refreshing. By the way, as a diabetic, all the melons are great options if you want to have fruit, because they have a lot fewer carbs than most fruit. Probably the water content, I imagine.

jca2's avatar

Watermelon cut fresh is so much better than watermelon that’s from a pre-cut cup or bowl from the supermarket.

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gorillapaws's avatar

It is my understanding that some people have certain genes that predispose them to hating cilantro. Apparently they experience the flavor differently. Perhaps something similar is going on with watermelon haters? It’s really hard to think of any fruit more delicious and refreshing than a crisp, cool, ripe watermelon.

JLeslie's avatar

@gorillapaws Yes, we taste cilantro as soap.

There also is a gene that causes some people to taste broccoli as very bitter. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, and some other vegetables that have the same chemical (I don’t remember the chemical).

Watermelon there might be a genetic component too.

Dutchess_III's avatar

White caso, for dipping tortilla chips in, tastes vaguely like soap to me.

janbb's avatar

@Dutchess_III Are you talking about the Mexican cheese “queso blanco”?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes. The guys at.our nearby Mexican resturaunt.just call it caso.

jca2's avatar

@Dutchess_III: It’s pronounced like “Caso” but spelled “queso.”

smudges's avatar

“There also is a gene that causes some people to taste broccoli as very bitter.”

Interesting. To me, a brussell sprout tastes like the core of lettuce, except stronger. Of course, maybe the core of lettuce doesn’t taste bad to other people. As a child, I wasn’t allowed to leave the table until I finished my vegetables. I hated brussell sprouts so much that I would cut them into quarters and swallow them with milk like a pill. Lucky I didn’t choke to death. xP

RocketGuy's avatar

@smudges – a lot of people overcook their brussels sprouts. We cut them in half, steam for 6 min, then stir fry in olive oil and garlic salt. Tastes great! I accidentally left them in the steamer for a long time, once. They came out tasting terrible – bitter and stinky.

smudges's avatar

@RocketGuy LOL, yes, bitter and stinky is how I remember them! It was the 60’s and I don’t think anyone knew how to cook a vegetable correctly!

raum's avatar

That’s funny because I just asked my niece the same question a few days ago.

But I think it was more surprise that anyone could dislike such a delicious and relatively benign fruit.

Like…I logically get that everyone’s taste varies. But I was still like WHAT?! WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T LIKE WATERMELON?!?!

Her answer was that she’s had too many mealy ones and it kind of ruined it for her. And amusingly enough, she said she preferred the white and green parts near the rind more than the pink and sweet part. Mostly because the taste and texture was more consistent, so she knew what to expect.

I have to agree that that first bite of a watermelon always feels like a bit of a gamble.

downtide's avatar

I’m not a big fan of watermelon, they don’t have much flavour and the texture can be a little unpleasant sometimes. I much prefer other types of melon – Honeydew (the big yellow ones) and Gala (the smaller greenish ones with orange flesh). Honeydew melons are my favourite out of all fruit.

As an aside, I am one of the people for whom cilantro does not taste like soap and broccoli does not taste bitter (but even if it did I would still eat it – I like bitter flavours). I like Brussels sprouts too, as long as they’re not overcooked. I steam them for about 5 minutes and serve with a bit of melted butter. They’re nice roasted too.

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