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The many shapes of Japanese watermelons.

  • Jun 12, 2015
  • by Alina

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Watermelon is a popular summer fruit in Japan. People give watermelons as gifts or use them to play the “suikawari”, just like the Spanish piñata, but with a watermelon. However, watermelons in Japan are very different than the usual watermelons. They are no longer round!

It all started with the cubic watermelon that a farmer in the Kagawa prefecture grew about 20 years ago.
The reason behind the square shape is very simple. For years consumers struggled to fit the large round fruit in their refrigerators so cube-shaped watermelon are definitely easier to pack and store. It also makes the cutting an easier job since you don’t have to worry about the watermelon rolling around anymore.
Because of the small number of harvested watermelons (approximately 800 to 1,000 per season), the prices also tend to be a little more expensive than the usual, but they are definitely worth every penny.


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In recent years, Japanese people came up with more interesting shapes for their watermelons.
Heart-shaped watermelons are one of the the latest bizarre innovations to hit the markets, and it took over three years to create the perfect shape. These watermelons grow into fulsome heart shapes without the aid of special equipment and are not genetically-modified in anyway.


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Next is the triangular watermelon, also known as the pyramid watermelon” from Hokkaido.


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There is also the Godzilla Egg watermelon. It is usually very large and come in a crate.


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Creating uniquely shaped watermelons doesn’t stop at simple geometric shape. There is also a human-faced watermelon from Fukuoka. It’s funny and cute and one look at it will surely make you smile.


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These watermelons are also said to be deliciously sweet, so make sure you try one if you’re visiting Japan during summer.

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