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ASK THE EXPERTS: THE MYSTERIOUS BLUE WATERMELON

In this recurring column, our panel of watermelon experts answer a question posed through our “Ask the Experts” feature in the right hand sidebar. Feel free to ask your own question. All questions get a response and some will be featured here on What About Watermelon.

DEE ASKS: Probably twenty years ago, my uncle used to drive to the southern heel of Missouri and into Arkansas to purchase vegetables and fruit to bring back to mid-Missouri and sell. On one of his trips, he brought back an unusual watermelon to show his friends and family. The melon had seeds, but the flesh of the watermelon was blue. Has anyone else heard of this blue fleshed watermelon? We have been trying to find another one in recent years, but everyone we ask in that area says they’ve never heard of them.

As soon as I read your question, Dee, I was immediately consumed by an urge to track down this mysterious blue watermelon. I personally have never heard of a blue watermelon (I’ve seen yellow watermelons), so I asked some of my watermelon farming friends about it. Much to my dismay, they had never heard of it either.

Then I went online to try to track down the elusive watermelon and could only find the photo on the right of what looks like a very blue watermelon, but I think the picture might be the result of editing magic. (As you pointed out in a follow-up to my answer, it’s too much of a coincidence that the watermelon matches the cabinets and everything else in the picture has sort of a bluish tint.) It might be possible to create a blue watermelon using dye, but at this point, I don’t think it’s possible to grow a blue watermelon naturally.

And so, the mystery remains unsolved… for now.


44 thoughts on “ASK THE EXPERTS: THE MYSTERIOUS BLUE WATERMELON

  1. Would be nice if somewhere a blue watermelon was found. What would it taste like I wonder? Hope the mystery is solved eventually.

  2. I agree, Ellen. The discovery of a blue watermelon would be a momentous occasion for watermelon lovers like us.
    So momentous, that I’m willing to offer a reward to the first person to step forward with physical proof of a blue fleshed watermelon. The reward will be (checking my pockets)… Three dollars and 78 cents!
    As for the taste, I imagine it tastes something like real watermelon with a hint of sweet blueberries. Hey, a guy can dream, right?

  3. a blue watermelon…? hmmm well i have to say maybe u should search up the diff kinds of watermelon then narrow ur search to where ur uncle bought it then after that if u cant find it then maybe it was just a special type that went extinct or something anyways good luck finding it

  4. You can see the red of the watermelon in the reflection of the large wedge on the far right. The editor changed the reflection on the butchers knife to be blue, but on the counter top next to it the reflection is red.

  5. Excellent observation, Reflection!! I pasted the photo into my trusty Microsoft Paint program and enlarged it to get a better look and you’re right!
    Also, even without enlarging the photo, you can see pinkish reflections in the white bowl that the editor overlooked when he or she changed the color of the watermelon.

  6. I think if you water a watermelon plant with water with blue dye for a long period of time, it will turn blue. Only a suggestion… Not sure if it actually works.

  7. im not giving up here I will use every surch engine i can find untile i find a blue watter mellon it only took 2 weeks for me to find a true blue tomato called the smurf so this will be no problem

  8. Ever since I ate the Awesome Yellow Watermelon in Lebanon PA in 1999, I have been hooked. The farmer also told me about the HoneyCrisp Apples (never heard of them before), and the BLue Watermelon. I have found the expensive apple (well worth up to $2.75lb( for the LARGE APPLES)..I do not pay more, unless they are HUGE. Anyway, I have not found the elusive Blue Melon…I too also thought it would be a mix of BLueberry and Reg. Watermelon. GOod Luck, and let us know if you find them (here in the US)

  9. It’s grown in Japan. It’s rare and expensive. It’s also known to cause water to have an orange flavor after eating it as well as change sweet things either salty or sour and visa versa just can’t remember which one

  10. “rare exotic fruit exprert”, et. al. – the blue ‘moon melon’ is a debunked myth. It doesn’t exist. Please do some research before making outrageous claims.
    Ah… Merikuh.

  11. Hullo,
    How does a watermelon stay fresh or normal uncut and from the garden? or how many days do i need to keep it – out of a fringe and remains edible?

  12. Look closely to the reflection of the watermelon in the knife. This is clearly an edited photo, the reflection of the watermelon in the knife is clearly red.

  13. i grew the blue watermelon last year and the blue strawberries and black strawberries cause i didnt belive it my self and thay grew blue and black and iam going to grow them agen this year

  14. Well, I am going to prove that there are such things as blue watermelons. I just received via EBay , seeds to grow blue watermelons. Wish me luck!!!

  15. Good luck growing your blue watermelons, Kelli! Be sure to check back in with us here on the blog to let us know how it’s going for you! We’d love to see some photos.

  16. I too, have ordered seeds on eBay, for the Purple watermelon. No idea how it will go, but will keep posted on how they grow. Also got blue strawberry seeds, white strawberries with red seeds, and black tomatoes. Wish me luck 🙂

  17. I also bought blue and purple watermelon seeds from ebay, I am go7ng to try planting in tires to increase heat since I am in Washington,

  18. How did your Blue watermelon and strawberries turn out Kelli and Tammy..?..?
    Maybe no follow up comment suggests the obvious…?…?
    #nofilters #nophotoshop !!

  19. I too just ordered purple watermelon and white tomatoes (and multicolor carrots & sweet peppers)- will try to grow them and report the results (stay tuned) (I WILL COME BACK HERE TO POST RESULTS WITH PHOTO LINKS)

  20. There is such a thing as blue watermelon. Also purple,green,yellow and orange. I am growing blue,purple and green meated watermelons this year.Is there’s any way I can add a picture to this message. Because I have pictures.

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