Farmers in Hokkaido, Japan, have recently introduced a fascinating and unique fruit that has been creating a buzz among fruit enthusiasts. Known as the “lemon melon,” this new fruit combines the sweetness of a melon with a subtle tanginess reminiscent of lemon. Its distinctive appearance resembles a watermelon, albeit without the characteristic stripes, and features a white interior.
As per The National News, the development of the lemon melon has been attributed to the efforts of Suntory Flowers, a renowned Japanese horticulture company. This new type of fruit was created after five years of study and testing. Suntory Flowers’ breeding program began with a Japanese-imported foreign melon variety.
Lemon melons have a unique feel that will most likely surprise consumers. It has the same sharpness as an unripe pear when it is unripe. When completely ripe, the fruit submits to mild touch and offers a variety of exquisite flavors. The fruit’s various textures make it acceptable for those with a wide range of taste preferences.
Only five farmers in Hokkaido are now growing a significant number of lemon melons. Suntory Flowers, according to Japan Today, has created an innovative partnership with these growers to cultivate this exceptional fruit. It is critical to pay close attention to growing methods and harvest timing during the growth phase. This year sees the official debut of the much-anticipated and vastly enhanced lemon melon.
According to the Suntory website, the lemon melon’s acidic sweetness makes it the ideal summertime snack. The flavor is mild and refreshing, making it ideal for summer. Lemon melons will be available for purchase in limited quantities. This fruit will be largely accessible at Sapporo grocery shops until the end of August. Over 3,800 lemon melons are expected to be harvested this year, offering buyers the opportunity to try this uncommon fruit. However, because to strong demand and limited supply, even one lemon melon would set you back $3,220 (or around $22).
The arrival of the lemon melon is welcome news for Japan’s burgeoning premium fruit sector. White strawberries, square watermelons, Dekopon citrus (a mandarin and orange hybrid), Ruby Roman grapes, and Miyazaki mangoes are just a few of the unusual and exotic items offered at this market. The introduction of the lemon melon has enhanced Japan’s status as a source of high-quality fruit.
The lemon melon is a monument to the inventiveness and devotion of Japanese farmers and horticulturists at a time when customers are more interested in trying out new and novel culinary experiences. Lemon melons will always be prized by connoisseurs in Japan and worldwide due to their odd look and distinct flavor characteristics.