A photo which allegedly shows a rare blue Japanese melon has circulated online for years. But is this melon real?
The image is fake.
The photo, which has been seen in heavy sharing on twitter and Pinterest this week is merely a digitally-altered photo of a normal slice of watermelon.
The fake image has been in circulation for several years and can be traced back to at least 2011. It was done well enough to convince many readers that it was real. The fake fruit was given the imaginary scientific name asidus. A common caption reads:
This is a Moon Melon, scientifically known as asidus. This fruit grows in some parts of Japan and it’s know for its weird blue color. What you probably don’t know about this fruit is that it can switch flavors after you eat it. Everything sour will taste sweet, and everything salty will taste bitter, and it gives water a strong orange-like taste. This fruit is very expensive. It costs about 16000 JPY (which is about 200 dollars).
Renewed interest in the “moon melon” began when the website Weird Hacks & Facts posted a picture of the magical fruit on twitter. Their account has over two million followers and it didn’t take long for the post to generate attention.
For those who still hold out hope that the exotic fruit with the vibrant blue color is real, nutritional sites such as “Nourish Interactive” and “The Best of Raw Fruit” do not include the Japanese Moon Melon on their respective sites.
Watch our short YouTube video debunking the Moon Melon:
- The Asidus “Moon Melon” is a Fruit We All Want, But Cannot Have (Obvious Winner: May 9, 2011)
- List of Fruits by Season (Maggie LaBarbera RN, Nourish Interactive: June 12, 2012)