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Square Watermelons!

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Inventive Japanese farmers use cubes of translucent plastic to grow watermelons to better fit inside refrigerators.

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

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.  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.

This is really, really easy to do. (Note: you may be able to use this technique to grow other stuff in the form of a square ( actually in the form of a cube) and apply the general idea to other shapes.)

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.
Simple instructions to grow your own:

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 caveat: Each square watermelon costs 10,000 yen, the equivalent of about $82. Regular watermelons in Japan cost from $15 to $25 each.

US growers grow round, seedless melons in various sizes so they'll fit into a refrigerator."

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7 Comments

vikas.kumar's picture
Interesting...
nehapaul's picture
It is too much interesting.
vandana's picture
That's very innovative. Thanks shanti for the interesting write-up
shantihhh's picture
I just went back and edited the blog as part was hiding-links on how to grow your own square melon, and also Mickey Mouse Pumpkins! Shanti/Mary-Anne
tophergrace08's picture
is your name really shantihhh? your blog about this surely made me smile :D. my neighbors (japan) really are innovative in saving up space, isn't it called "zen" ?
Avisai  (Fiji)'s picture
That clever and very interesting
Ms. Walker's picture
kewl..my 5th graders fell in love with this concept.