Smoked watermelon was devised by New York restaurant Ducks Eatery and billed as a vegan alternative to a Thanksgiving roast.
Reporter Naaman Zhou spent almost four days making a smoked watermelon “ham” and then asked people to taste it.
In The Guardian he wrote: “In the end the watermelon tastes, in the words of my colleagues, like “an evil Christmas”, “an old packet of cigarettes” or simply “regret”. It is the exact temperature of a human body that isn’t doing so well. Someone likens it to warm sashimi, or a piece of fruit that has been left in the sun all day. It is a hot, wet mess.”