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Planning your next garden project? How about square watermelons?

Posted Thursday, November 29, 2012, at 11:46 AM

A square what? Yup, watermelon.
Shaping vegetables and fruit is not really new but square watermelons are actually a practical solution for the Japanese refrigerator, or anyone's for that matter. http://theysmell.com/square-watermelons/

It could catch on here but you can bet it will not be at bargain basement prices. It actually takes some effort to push that watermelon into a cube. Prices in Japan can be up to $99 each!

Well..... maybe they don't push it into its' shape. They grow it into shape. Here is a project for the next few cold months. http://www.instructables.com/id/Grow-a-s...

Watermelons take a lot of room to grow, so if you are a market gardener and want to get the best dollar for your watermelon acreage, would this help? I would bet square watermelons would sell out quickly at the farmer's market and should command a much better price. Double, triple or more?

Keep in mind that the watermelon you choose to try this with needs to be one that produces a melon only slightly larger than your shaping container. AND IT IS NOT A SPECIAL SEED, so don't get hooked by someone selling square watermelon seeds!

Read several articles on growing these and you will pick up some extra tidbits that will help.

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I have noticed a food trend lately of watermelons in dishes where you would not think it would be appetizing but to my surprise I had watermelon mixed in a salad with tomato and found it to be scrumptious. I think a square one would be a lot easier to cube up when making a dish. Here's just few facts about them I found interesting:

Watermelon is actually a vegetable and not a fruit. It is also related to the pumpkin, cucumber and the squash

One of the watermelon facts in the Guinness Book of World Records is that the largest watermelon ever grown weighed 262 pounds. It was grown by Bill Carson of Tennessee in 1990.

The first cookbook ever produced in the United States had a recipe for watermelon rind pickles

In Mediterranean countries, watermelon is eaten with feta cheese.

The anti-oxidant named lycopene is present in watermelon and can help prevent several kinds of cancer

The amount of watermelon eaten each year in the United States equals seventeen pounds per person.

Kinda makes me wonder what they will think of next when it comes to food, wonder if I could mix a chocolate mint seed with a strawberry seed and eventually pick chocolate flavored strawberries....Just a thought!

If that ever happens I've got a few square or animal shaped tomatoes I could sell ya!

-- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Nov 29, 2012, at 2:38 PM

Hmmm, I have chocolate mint thanks to Tammy and strawberries. I'm not sure the CM is flowering at the same time as strawberries but it would if you had ever-bearing. Interesting idea.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Nov 29, 2012, at 5:38 PM

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