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Why are Japanese farmers growing square watermelons?


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Why are Japanese farmers growing square watermelons?

Five farmers in western Japan displayed an impressive crop of 260 watermelons but these were no ordinary specimens: they were cube-shaped.

The practice of growing the “square” fruit first started 45 years ago in Japan for the practical reason of making them easier to fit into refrigerators.

The farmers initially faced issues down to the fruit not being sweet enough but found that consumers bought them as ornaments.

This year’s impressive harvest was thanks to a lot of sunny days.

To create their unique shape the fruit are placed into cube-shaped boxes before they fully ripen, around 10 days before harvest.

Want to grow your own square watermelon? Here’s how.