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Watermelons of different shapes grown in Japan

Japanese people are growing watermelons of different shapes. Initially they started with square or cube shaped watermelon for a special purpose.

It’s actually pretty easy (relatively speaking) to grow a square watermelon. Just about anyone can do it. While the watermelon is still small on the vine, a square, tempered glass box is placed around it. When the watermelon gets bigger, it assumes the shape of the box! You can do this too. There are even websites dedicated to teaching you how. Just remember to use a glass or transparent mold so the sunlight can reach the watermelon on all sides.

And why are square watermelons grown? Two reasons actually. First, the square watermelons are easier to stack, which makes them easier to ship. Second, and perhaps most ingeniously, with space being an issue in crowded areas of Japan, the square watermelon is designed to fit perfectly inside smaller Japanese refrigerators.

In last few years they have also started growing face shaped, heart shaped and pyramid shaped watermelons. Depending on the shape the watermelon costs anywhere between $100 to $500 per piece.