Jansen was skeptical about marrying the sweet flavor of melon with the spicy flavor of habanero and jalapeño. In 2010, the Journal of Organic Produce Chimerism published a study on the early findings of splicing juxtaposing produce profiles into a single organism. But its findings were largely inconclusive, and, according to the study’s authors, highly volatile. According to the Journal, it resulted in at least one lab incident, marring the results and disfiguring the author.
Despite the odds, and after much trial and error, ambitious agricultural development, and laser-precise harvesting methods, the pepper melon was born. But it wasn’t all fun and games. “What you have to understand about the pepper melon is that it’s a pepper, but it’s also a melon,” says John “The Inferno” Joseph, head of Hades’ agricultural development team. “People don’t know that.”