Japan’s unique square watermelons ready for summer time
If you’re visiting a Japanese friend’s home this summer for a meal, you will be served fruit and most likely a very refreshing watermelon which is a typical summer fruit. Watermelons are not really expensive unless they are specially grown and wrapped as gift items. Twenty years ago, a farmer from Zentsuji in Kagawa prefecture grew the first square shaped watermelon. These watermelons were grown in cube shaped glass containers while still on the vine and the square boxes are the exact dimensions of Japanese refrigerators, allowing full-grown watermelons to fit conveniently and precisely onto refrigerator shelves. The cost for this convenience is retail of 13,000-15,000 Yen!