When I first saw these photos I was sure they were photoshopped. When I dug a little deeper I found out that yes, square watermelons do exist! Apparently Japanese watermelon farmers faced resistance at retail where the oval fruits were difficult to stack and took up precious real estate in Japan’s limited-space stores. Additionally Japanese refrigerators are much smaller than their U.S. counterparts, so buying and storing watermelons was quite a production. The savvy Japanese farmers discovered that if watermelons are placed in a box when growing, they will mold themselves to the shape of the container, producing square melons.

One website insightfully pointed out that there is a lesson to be learned from the square watermelon. When approaching the problem of stocking watermelon, most people would automatically resign themselves to the fact that these fruits just grow round and there is nothing to be done about it. Japanese farmers took a different approach. If the supermarkets wanted a square watermelon, they asked themselves, “How can we provide one?” It wasn’t long before they invented the square watermelon.


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