29 Aug 2009

Square Watermelons! It's true.

Farmers in the southern Japanese town of Zentsuji have figured out how to grow their watermelons so they turn out square.

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watermelon3 It's not a fad. The technique actually has practical applications. "The reason they're doing this in Japan is because of lack of space," said Samantha Winters of the National Watermelon Promotion Board in Orlando, Florida.

A fat, round watermelon can take up a lot of room in a refrigerator, and the usually round fruit often sits awkwardly on refrigerator shelves. But clever Japanese farmers have solved this dilemma by forcing their watermelons to grow into a square shape.

Farmers insert the melons into square, tempered glass cases while the fruit is still growing on the vine.

The square boxes are the exact dimensions of Japanese refrigerators, allowing full-grown watermelons to fit conveniently and precisely onto refrigerator shelves.

But cubic fruit comes with a price: Each square watermelon costs 10,000 yen, the equivalent of about $82. Regular watermelons in Japan cost from $15 to $25 each.

Japanese farmers have perfected the art of growing square watermelons, but they aren’t about to reveal their secret process. When a square watermelon sells for $82 who can blame them.

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27 comments:

shailesh said...

how happen it

roopai said...

its very interesting&if we know exactly how it happens,we can apply it for our indian crops.

femina said...

im eager to know how its happen

Anonymous said...

its worthless if it is too costly.........all d things being done to reduce price but it costs more than before....do smthing gud man

Prabha said...

incredible...........

nisha said...

really its a kind of miracal. how it happens

Anonymous said...

It was very useful technique for farmers,which was used to various application in agrifeild.

jusna said...

its great. can also try for many other shapes..

jusna said...

amazing, can go for different shapes..

gk said...

although sounding good, it is useless for our indian crops. because we have to concentrate in improving the characters and quality of crops for the denefit of humans and environment.but not on changing the shapes of the nature gifts.

vandana said...

its really hard to believe!!!!!!!
impossible

prachi said...

its very interesting... should be tried on other plants as well and make them fit into a box neatly... imagin a squre papaya or eggplant. .

Anonymous said...

curious to know the technique

Giftson said...

Really amazing and its a good venture which need to be appreciated.. But its really good to compare the quality of the square one with that of the round one...

Anonymous said...

the shape could habe been changed due to stress and may there will be some secretion of proteins due to stress that is different from normal naturally grown fruit, so it should be tested for that.

Jalaj said...

hi
its jalaj from India
its really a great job to utilize the space properly.

is there any side effect of this?

Hanumantha Rao said...

Size and shape is also one of the factor to determine the quality of watermelon. but when it grown in a limitted space to get squar shape,may size of the watermelon reduces from auctuall size of development.

naveen said...

I dont find this as a new news...

swati vyas said...

wow..!! 2 gud!! bt how??

roopai said...

hello gk without knowing the advantage with the square watermillon
we cant say it is useless.we can save so much crop area &simultaneously we can go for another crops.we are not at all changing the taste but only shape.

radhai said...

really interesting ... can show as some more photograph of field

sonia said...

Its reslly great to think in such a way.....but how far it affects the sweetness n the quality of fruit.

nvnbalakrishna said...

hi im nvn.balakrishna it is great i didn't see watermelons like this before.This is a good Technic

DEBAJEET DAS said...

Hi, Rupai and GK,
The nations planned every thing according to their crisis criteria andour country needed good quality,nutrient rich relative low price food.
Rupai you are rihgt but if our country planned according to its crisis only; not copy.

amit said...

it's realy good and encouraging for us

nandkumar said...

this is mistry of budhha

BB said...

of all things square, thats so funny

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