Square-y


Square watermelons were invented in 2001 by a Japanese farmer concerned about consumers not being able to fit the fruit into their fridge. There is no genetic changes in the watermelon, they are simply grown inside a box, and assume the box's shape. The square watermelons end up in the exact dimensions to fit comfortably into a Japanese refrigerator. In Japan they cost a bit more, however, at about $82, three times that of a normal watermelon. Recently, Tesco in the UK (a kind of UK WalMart) has started selling these for around £5, importing them from Brazil. And also recently, an agriculture and applied biotechnology student from Vietnam has produced square watermelons for the lunar New Year. During this time, watermelons are offered to ancestors. The ideal offering is a regular watermelon paired with a square one, as a square represents the earth and a circle represents the sun.
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6 comments:

R.E.H. said...

So the earth isn't round after all? It is square!

odd facts said...

Obviously! The only downside to this post is that I am really craving watermelon now.

Baba Doodlius said...

Hmmm... I'm thinking that it would be a whole lot more interesting to do it *with* gnetic manipulation.

Maybe we could come up with better shapes, too. How about an icosahedron?

Karen said...

I want one of these immediately!

Sergeant "P" said...

I want one.

I'd like to see if I can plant some of the smaller seedless melons in square containers to see if I can get them to grow like that.

I'd also like to see what other types of fruits or veggies can be forced to grow this way....

coltfan said...

I'll bet you could make pumpkins grow this way. I have never seen one though.