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Where are watermelons typically grown?
While watermelons are grown across the U.S., most production occurs in the top five states (Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, and Texas), producing approximately 69 percent of all grown in the U.S. The average watermelon yield per acre in the U.S in 2020 was 39,704 pounds.
Where do they grow square watermelons?
Japan is known for growing some of the most delicious watermelons in the world, especially the square watermelon. An agricultural cooperative from Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture, can grow about 600 cube-shaped watermelons that can cost as much as 15,750 yen (around $157).
How do farmers grow cubic watermelons?
The square watermelons are grown in glass boxes, which encourage the cubed shape. To solve the issue of having them too big, growers remove the fruit from the container once it reaches about 3 square inches (19 sq. cm.). Then, they simply package and ship them off for sale.
Where are watermelons grown India?
Where does the watermelon come from?
Scientists agree that the watermelon's progenitor—the ur-watermelon, if you will—was cultivated in Africa before spreading north into Mediterranean countries and, later, to other parts of Europe.
Why does Japan grow square watermelons?
They're regular melons that were placed inside boxes while growing. The resulting shape makes the fruit easier to transport, cut, and store. Square watermelons sit neatly in small Japanese refrigerators, and they also fit a tradition of giving beautiful, expensive fruits as gifts.
What is the purpose of a square watermelon?
Aside from the novelty, the square shape helps the watermelons fit together with less wasted space for shipping,” says Susanna Meyer, the group's director of agriculture.
How much is a cube watermelon?
Cube watermelons are commonly sold in Japan, where they are essentially ornamental and are often very expensive, with prices as high as US$200.