China News Service, June 30. According to Kyodo News, Japan's special product "square watermelon" in Zentsuji City, Kagawa Prefecture, began shipping on the 30th.

Image source: Screenshot of Japan's Kyodo News report.

  The "square watermelon" is about 18 cm long and is formed by placing the watermelon in a mold before it matures.

According to reports, the wholesale price of this watermelon is about 10,000 yen (about 492 yuan) a piece, and 400 are expected to be produced by mid-July this year.

  Japanese media pointed out that the "square watermelon" has a low sweetness and is not suitable for consumption, but it is very popular as an "ornamental melon".

  According to reports, local farmers started producing this watermelon about 50 years ago, and in 2019, the watermelon was included in the geographical indication of Japanese agricultural products and protected.