Bending Nature to Our Will
So if you were to, say, go to Google Images and put in the word “square” you’ll end up with a screen full of images of this:
Why, you might ask? Well. The story goes that in Japan (you knew this had to be from Japan, right?) they don’t have much retail space in grocery stores. It’s hard to stock round or oblong watermelons because they are tough to stack and take up a lot of room.
Use a little ingenuity and bring on the square watermelon! Easy to stack, easy to store.
Making the melons square is fairly easy, just put the fruit in a box as it grows, the same way they get a pear in a bottle of brandy.
And for this special hand boxed hand-picked fruit, grocers charge 10,000 yen, or using today’s exchange rate, about $126. Yikes.
Why am I nattering on about square watermelons? Because today’s Theme Thursday just happens to be “square”, of course!
Details from BBC News.
Photos from all over the web, but these both come from Financial Hack.
Why do I think this is just the thing Trader Joe’s would love to sell…
Hey R – No kidding, huh?
I’d forgotten this little quirk but I remember writing a poem about it some years ago! It’s a weird idea, isn’t it!
If you wrote it, share it! I’d like to read it… unless you are in Cruces in which case…. I’ll attend the reading.
Laugh at me you will! But if these puppies are are actually bringing $126, then you are way ahead of the game for advertising.
those square watermelons look so cute.
Square watermelons and poems about???
I can abide this. But if they ever go to octagonal strawberries…. just dehydrate me and water a cayenne plant!
Mr. Mayor – Roger that.
Okay. I guess it makes sense. But, it seems like a waste of time and resources. Interesting TT subject though!
California Girl – It does seem an outrageous sum to pay, and of course that’s due to all the handling and hand picking. Odd stuff!
Oh. No. That ain’t right.
Natalie – :)
I LOVE THEM!!!
Elise – I bet one would fit nicely in your little Smart Car, huh? lol!!
You could fit THREE of those in the cargo area of a Smart!