The Japanese Moon Melon

This picture and caption has been circulating around the internet recently:

This a Moon Melon , scientifically knows as asidus. This fruit grows in some parts of Japan , and it's known for it's 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).

Unfortunately, as intriguing as the moon melon sounds, it's just the product of digital color effects. lists a large variety of melons, including some odd ones such as Christmas Melon, Citron Melon, Collective Farm Woman Melon, Japanese Melon, Santa Claus Melon, Red Moon Melon, and Persian Melon. But no blue-colored Japanese Moon Melon.

From an article on, I found this list of fruits and vegetables that legitimately do come in shades of blue:
  • Black currants
  • Black salsify
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Dried plums
  • Eggplant
  • Elderberries
  • Grapes
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Prunes
  • Purple Belgian endive
  • Purple Potatoes
  • Purple asparagus
  • Purple cabbage
  • Purple carrots
  • Purple figs
  • Purple grapes
  • Purple peppers
  • Raisins

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Posted on Fri Apr 06, 2012


The imaginary properties of the imaginary blue watermelon are likely inspired by the real properties of the "miracle fruit":
Posted by Christophe Thill  on  Tue Apr 17, 2012  at  10:49 AM
Someone shared the moon melon on Facebook, so I googled it before I shared... And your site was at the top of the list 😊
Posted by Tash goodwin  on  Wed Oct 30, 2013  at  01:28 AM
I'll have you know - egg plants are purple... not blue...
90% of the stuff on your list when smashed or spread is a purple... not blue..
Posted by uhh...  on  Wed Oct 30, 2013  at  02:39 PM
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