Is there such a thing? Yup, and no, I am not drunk. The picture above doesn’t even look real; to me it looks like someone with mad computer skills had a few minutes to spare one day and decided to mess with our heads. I assure you they are very real and are commonplace in Japan. Currently, they are selling for 10,000 Yen or 82 bucks EACH over there! Ouch…
This new fangled watermelon was invented about 10 years ago by farmers in Zentsuji, Japan who wanted to make their watermelon business greener by helping to reduce carbon footprints of their company and their customers, at the same time. According to my cousin (a.k.a. Steve) only the Western apartments in Japan have normal sized appliances. Since the Japanese have smaller refrigerators, they have to be efficient when it comes to space hence: the square watermelon. Brilliant! Transportation costs are said to be cut almost in half just because they can now be stacked. It’s a win-win situation, unless you like playing Greased Watermelon like Frank Reynolds (Danny DeVito) does on the TV show "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
As with everything, there are people that love the novelty of the square melon and there is the naysayer that says that once it is cut, you really can’t tell what shape it was. I personally think is a neat and novel idea, maybe it’s because growing square watermelons wouldn’t be all that hard and I’d be the only one around with them. Supply and demand would dictate the price but, there is no way in hell I could get $82 for one, but boy if I could….
According to everything that I have read and the different videos that I have watched on the subject, all you have to do is, when the melon first appears on the plant put it in the square form or some other shape that your little ol heart desires. Give it sunlight, food, water, time and presto, you’ve got yourself a conversation piece, until it rots anyway.