Moon Melon Hoax: Japan Blue Watermelon Isn’t Real, Goes Viral Anyway

January 15, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A viral post saying that a blue fruity called “moonmelon,” or Asidus, grows in parts of Japan isn’t real.

“Moonmelon (scientifically known as Asidus). This fruit grows in some parts of Japan, and is known for its vibrant 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, everything salty will taste bitter, and it gives water a strong orange-like taste,” reads a viral post originally from Pinterest.

The post adds that the fruit casts about 16,000 yen, or about $200.

The “moonmelon” post has been spread for several years on Twitter and Facebook.

The blue melon is actually a Photoshopped piece of watermelon.

In 2012, the Daily Dot reported that it’s just a watermelon that’s been altered. “Horticulturalist Steve Asbell has devoted a collaborative pinboard to pointing out the fakes, flora-related and otherwise—Fake Plants and Other Hoaxes,” the Daily Dot said, adding: “It’d be cool if it were true. Asbell says it’s just a watermelon slice altered to look blue or purple,” referring to the fake melon.

According to Snopes, there is a fruit called Synsepalum dulcificum, or the “red miracle berry,” that produces a protein capable of causing sour foods to taste sweet.

On Twitter this week, there were a number of people who posted the blue watermelon, “moon melon” image, while others attempted to debunk it.

One wrote, “I want some moonmelon cause its blue.”

“Moon Melon is not a thing. Do not believe everything you read on the internet, unless it comes from me,” tweeted another.

Added another, “This is literally just a picture of photoshopped watermelon! I hate the internet.”

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