Square Watermelons? – A smart and innovative use of Space.

August 1st, 2009

square-watermelonYou may have come across this before, and although it’s not strictly about storage, I’ve always found the idea fascinating.  Also, like SpaceOut, it is a clever and innovative concept, and it is about the smart use of space.

square-watermelonsWatermelons are big and bulky and the round shape makes them awkward to store, ship, and keep in your fridge. More than 20 years ago, a clever Japanese farmer took a lateral look at this problem and came up with a unique solution.

By growing the watermelons in square, tempered glass cases, they naturally adopt the cube shape as they grow.  Perhaps this has reduced shipping and storage costs, but these melons sell for 3 or 4 times the price of a normal melon in Japan, so you would definitely be paying a premium for the novelty value.

If you’ve got a melon patch out the backyard, and would like to give this a try yourself, here is a step by step guide to growing your own square watermelon.

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