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Monday, May 19, 2008

Clever. Those Japanese Farmers!

My friend Suzi Kittson of Wausau, Wisconsin, sent me this series of photographs of a new method of growing watermelons employed by Japanese farmers.

Ordinary round or oblong melons take up a lot of room in your refrigerator. Room is at a premium in Japan so it only seems right that they would come up with a way to save room in your refrigerator!

Since a round watermelon can take up a lot of room in a refrigerater and the usually round fruit often sits awkwardly on refrigerator shelves, smart Japanese Farmers have forced their watermelons to grow into a square shape by inserting the melons into square, tempered glass cases while the fruit is still growing on the vine.

Think they still sound the same when you "thump" them??


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