Moon Melon: Japanese Blue Watermelon (Asidus) is Fake

Photos of a “moon melon” being spread via Twitter are fake.

The photos claim the blue-looking watermelon are from Japan.

One of the statements accompanying the image reads: “Moonmelon (scientifically knows as asidus). This fruit grows in some parts of Japan and is known for its vibrant blue colour. This fruit’s party trick is that it can switch flavours after you eat it. Everything sour will taste sweet, everything salty will taste bitter, and it gives water a strong orange-like taste! Bucket list fruit!”

According to hoax-debunker David Emery of About.com, “This popular viral image has been circulating since mid-2011, when it first began showing up on Tumblr and Pinterest. Sorry to disappoint, but it’s a hoax. There’s no such thing as a moonmelon. “Asidus” isn’t the scientific name of any real fruit or vegetable. The image is a color-manipulated version of a stock photo of an ordinary watermelon.”

On Saturday, a number of people were sharing the bunk image.

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