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Square watermelons

09/19/2011 - 26 comments

Have you ever tried to put a watermelon in your fridge?

It doesn’t fit well, right?

It rolls around and wastes space.

It’s definitely NOT a fridge-friendly fruit (hehe).

Well, farmers in Japan have come up with a way to make watermelons more suited

refrigerator storage.

They have started making them square!

And it doesn’t require any genetic modifications, just a square, tempered glass case while the melons are still growing.

Check it out – square watermelons:

Square watermelon, Munich, Germany / Munique, Alemanha

Square Watermelon!

Square Watermelons

square watermelon

Square watermelons at Urban Fare

Square watermelons

Square watermelons

Square Watermelon

What do you think of these?  Do you think we shouldn’t mess with what nature intended even though they are not doing anything but putting the fruit in a box as it grows?  Do you think it affects the taste and texture?

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  • Reply Brandy 10/26/2011 at 8:07 am

    Love the general idea but I think we should just leave them the way they were meant to be ;-)

  • Reply trellis 09/27/2011 at 6:54 pm

    “What do you think of these? Do you think we shouldn’t mess with what nature intended even though they are not doing anything but putting the fruit in a box as it grows?”

    Lots of “natural” food we eat today, has been modified. You would be disgusted if you had to eat corn or bananas from two hundred years ago. Lots of our natural food has been modified and that’s okay, it’s just assisted evolution.

  • Reply Alex 09/27/2011 at 3:53 pm

    Alternatively, you could cut your watermelon up in half so that if fits in your fridge. Other obvious problems we can help you with?

  • Reply Lele 09/25/2011 at 11:23 pm

    There’s actually a very logical reason for square watermelons in Japan. The amount of land suited to growing crops such as melons in Japan is very low compared to the total size of the country. By growing watermelons in boxes, more plants can be grown in a much smaller space (such as inside a greenhouse), producing a larger crop. However, in Japan melons are something of a delicacy, rather than a summer staple like in the United States and other Western countries. Melons are purchased for special occasions or as expensive gifts.

    Brittany, by your calculations, the JPY 13,000 watermelon above would equal USD $169.76, not $1.20.

  • Reply The Ninja 09/25/2011 at 9:56 pm

    Well my dear Brittany Castro as you can see in picture 6 there is clearly a dollar sign indicating a price of 99 big ole American bucks. I don’t know about you but that’s far too expensive for a watermelon.

  • Reply Madeline 09/25/2011 at 5:49 pm

    Mmmm…. I love my food all sorts of genetically modified…..

    • Reply Your reading teacher 09/26/2011 at 10:30 pm

      @Madeline: I see you still cannot read, as it clearly said NOT genetically modified in the article…

  • Reply Bryan A. 09/25/2011 at 7:46 am

    I’d heard about this but hadn’t seen it. I think this is great! No genetic modifications done to it and just putting a glass jar around it? This is awesome!!

    • Reply jen 09/28/2011 at 4:17 pm

      i agree! i work at a grocery store and i just think it’s nifty!! if they could find a way to make them less expensive i bet a lot of people would love them!!
      (sry if there are spelling mistakes, it was never my strong point :])

  • Reply Brittany Castro 09/24/2011 at 9:59 pm

    The prices are in Japenese Yen not American dollars. Im in the process of moving to Japan and the conversion rate is about 1 JPY = 0.013 USD and 1 USD = 76.58 JPY. So there price for a watermelon is about 1.20 something

    • Reply Henry L. 09/25/2011 at 1:05 pm

      I’m thinking you mean they’re about $120 USD. $1.20 would be really cheap for watermelons like these.

    • Reply SassyWalker 09/25/2011 at 7:25 pm

      Brittany – Actually the cost is very much higher. The one that costs Y21,000 is $275.10 USD.

      1 Japanese yen = 0.0131 US dollars, so… .0131 multiplied by 21,000 = $275.10 USD
      1 USD = Y76.58, so … Y21,000 divided by $76.58 = $274.22 USD

    • Reply BreeAnne 09/25/2011 at 7:51 pm

      This math is a bit wrong… The rule I used when I was living in Japan was to move the decimal 2 places to the left. This isn’t an accurate conversion but it gives you an idea. 1 yen should be compared to 1 penny. 13,000 yen is roughly USD $130. At the current exchange rate, 130,000 yen is USD $169.77. Fruit is very expensive in Japan… which seems insane, but it is a country with very limited natural resources.

    • Reply Chris Kendrick 09/25/2011 at 11:13 pm

      I think your conversions are a bit messed up there Brittany. Taking the cheapest watermelon out of that picture priced at 13,000 yen converts to roughly 170 dollars.

      • Reply Bob 09/26/2011 at 2:39 pm

        The article? meh – so so.
        The pics, decent.

        The argument over the yen/USD conversion..

        PRICELESS !!!

  • Reply Barbara | Creative Culinary 09/23/2011 at 10:23 pm

    The shape doesn’t bother me if they’re not genetically changing them. The price…now that bothers me. I’ll take mine round and cheaper please.

  • Reply Ben 09/23/2011 at 5:49 pm

    Who keeps whole watermelon in the fridge? Melons don’t need to be refrigerated until they’re cut…

  • Reply Larisa 09/23/2011 at 5:35 pm

    Square watermelons are the bomb, but did you see the prices? $100+ dollars for one?!?! I don’t really think it’s worth the extra bucks

  • Reply Nick 09/23/2011 at 5:17 pm

    Anyone here have a problem with making square watermelons? Do you like bananas? Answer yes to both these? Bananas that we eat were cultivated by humans fir hundreds of years just to get them to the shape, texture, flavor, etc we like them at. Growing watermelons in a box is in know way messing up nature.

  • Reply Lisa 09/23/2011 at 4:50 pm

    I don’t care what shape it is; I am not going to pay $99.00 for a melon.

    • Reply Dave 09/25/2011 at 8:46 am

      lol, I don’t think that’s American dollars

  • Reply Louise 09/20/2011 at 3:28 pm

    I think using a box to change the shape is creative. It’s not hurting anything.

  • Reply Theresa 09/19/2011 at 3:03 pm

    I’ll take my round watermelon! I don’t really think that they should mess with nature. I’ll admit that they are kind of cool looking though.

  • Reply BusyWorkingMama 09/19/2011 at 1:01 pm

    That is so strange to see – totally looks fake to me!

  • Reply Dawn 09/19/2011 at 11:58 am

    I think they should not mess with nature. I mean, yes it’s a little hard stuffing a watermelon in the fridge but I’ll deal with it. LOL I would not feel right eating a square watermelon.

  • Reply Alison 09/19/2011 at 10:24 am

    I want a square watermelon now!