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Which is the S$150 Fruits?

The King of Fruits is Too Mainstream…

While the craze continues to strive with long queues for ‘Mao Shan Wang’ or ‘D24’ Breeds of Durian, there is a fruit of another kind, more elegant, deliciously sweet and sexy looking with a much heavier price tag than the King of Fruits.

Yes, it is the JAPANESE MUSK MELON! Also known as Cantaloupe in the US.

A good quality musk melon can easily cost more than USD 100 in Japan.

In 2016, a pair of melons produced in the Hokkaido city of Yubari fetched a record ¥3 million (USD27,240) in the first auction of the harvest season at a Sapporo wholesale market.


The Most Extravagant Fruit $$

Yesterday in our Office at Lee Hung Scientific Pte Ltd (Singapore), we were bestowed with 2 Japanese Musk Melon that can easily cost S$150 per fruit.


The skin surface of the Melon is beautifully encraved with its net like reticulated skin. Almost very hypotizing and mesmorizing to look at.

The T stem of the melon are also remarkably well grown and neatly snipped. Serving as an indicator of its ripeness (we learnt that when the Stem starts to turn dry, its an indication of ripness)

But its Sweetness and Texture? How will it compare to a normal supermarket S$4 to S$8 value range of Rock Melons ?

We quickly took out our F-750 Produce Quality Meter to put it to a test on its Brix Level!


*Note: Brix Level is the sugar content of an aqueous solution. It is used as a unit of measure for sweetness for wine, sugar, carbonated beverage, fruit juice syrup, honey industries etc...


Measuring Fruit Harvest Quality with Felix F-750!

The F-750 Produce Quality Meter from Felix Instruments, allows for non-destructive and rapid analysis of internal traits of fruits (or other fresh produce) through Near Infrared Analysis (NIR).

Basically what it does is it sends particles of light into the fruit and then measures the light interactance with molecules to assess the key quality traits, such as sugar content, acidity, dry matter etc.

This means that Agriculture Plantations can save on $$$ by minimizing need for destructive test of their harvest with the help of the F-750.

Best of all, resources on Time, Materials and Man Power may also be greatly reduce using the F-750 when it comes to Food Produce Quality Control Processes!


Our Experiment

Getting excited with our High-Grade Premium Musk Melon, there was no time to lose.

Very quickly we brought in other variation of cheaper Rock Melons from a nearby supermarkets.  

With some simulated inputs and results, a mock up Brix Content model for Musk Melon was built using the F-750 Model builder software.


Upon loading the Musk Melon Brix Model into the F-750 Produce Quality Meter, we are finally ready to do a test.


The Results

Our experience operating the Felix F-750 was quite a luxurious one. The material of the product and its built feels of premium quality and its user interface was extremely responsive. Shining of NIR spectrum light via the F-750 onto the fruit takes only about 2 to 3 seconds and the predicted Brix content is displayed on the LCD screen instantaneously.

Look at how we perform a Measurement of Melon Brix Content Below



Thereafter, a destructive test on the melons was done to gather its Brix level via a digital refractometer.

The results are unexpectedly accurate for 4 out of the 5 melons we got. Comparing the Brix level shown on the F-750 and wet chemical testing through the use of a digital refractometer, below is a summary of results we gotten.


Hami Melon from Giant

Rock Melon from other Market

Japanese Musk Melon

Approx Cost

S$ 4.00

S$ 6.00

S$ 8.00

S$ 150.00

Brix Level from Felix F-750





Brix Level from Atago Refractometer


13.5 - 14.5



Brix Comparison

Accurate Reading

Inconsistent Reading

Accurate Reading

Accurate Reading

Remarks of Actual Tasting

Sweet Throughout

Very Dry, only sweet in the center

Sweet Throughout

VERY SWEET Throughout


Below is an image of how the Premium Muskmelon look like.

Do not be fooled by its normal pale looking flesh. Upon chewing it, you will be rewarded with sweetness of the melon.

Surprise Surprise! You may think you know what is considered sweet. But this Japanese Musk Melon we tasted here is EXCEPTIONALLY SWEET. Our taste buds can’t lie. Even the Felix F750 and Refractometer says so at a Brix Level of high 15.3!

Apart from the results, we are also surprised because it is usually recommended to take a sample size of minimum 40 to built an accurate model, but over here with minimal qty, we still manage to build a relatively accurate Brix model for Musk Melon with the Felix Model Builder and F-750.

Should we have a wider range of fruit harvest, we believe that the Accuracy of the Measurements with the Model Builder Software can still be improved. But for our quick experiment here of less than 2 hours in our own Laboratory, I must say we are quite satisfied and impress with the results of the Felix F750 Produce Quality Meter.

What a Fruit Feast we had with the Japanese Musk Melon.


The Final Verdict

Is the Japanese Musk Melon Extraordinary?

The Answer is a resounding Yes. 

You are paying a high price simply because it looks and taste a lot better!

But be cautious it will ruin your taste for normal fruit from here on…

There you go with Melts Premium Musk Melon which says…


“Every Bite Is Our Dedication To You”

Need to Explore how can the Felix F-750 Produce Quality Meter help you with your Food Produce Harvest? Please do not hesitate to email us at sales@leehung.com or call our hotline at +65 6560 6900.

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