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The Chemistry of Watermelons

Colour, Aroma, & Explosions


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The Chemistry of Watermelons: Colour, Aroma, & Explosions

Watermelons are a popular, refreshing summer fruit. There’s also a lot of intriguing chemistry behind them, from the colour of their flesh and the complexity of their aroma, to the tales of exploding watermelons in China, and even the claims that they can have a viagra-like effect. This post takes a look at each of these and the molecules behind them.

  • Lycopin
  • Aldehyde
  • Alkohole
  • Carotine
  • Wassermelonen
  • Ester
  • 3,6-Nonadienal
  • 3-Hexenal
  • Forchlorfenuron
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