Melons in Japan

Japanese melons are something special. We don’t know why, but the Japanese have an exquisite taste for all things melon and have dedicated quite a bit of time and resources into creating and growing the cream of the crop, the best of melons, the elite melon aristocracy. So how about we round up some of the most interesting and appetizing of all of them, and compile them into a brief list of Japan’s watermelons? That’s exactly what we’ve already done. Check them out for yourself!


Square Watermelons


Japanese square watermelon in a basket

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Who let Minecraft Steve handle the crops? There’s actually an incredibly practical reason for growing square watermelons in Japan: There just isn’t that much room; not on the ground and not in the fridge. Cubes being much more room-efficient than spheres, someone was bound to create a cubic watermelon sooner or later.


Yubari King Melons


a piar of yubari king melons in a wooden box

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The Yubari King Melons are hybrids of two different types of cantaloupes and are adored for their rich, juicy sweetness and beautiful aesthetic. Mostly sold in pairs, the Yubari King Melons sell for fifty to one hundred dollars a pop at stores, while the more particular, elite melons have sold for twenty-six thousand dollars a pair at certain auctions.


Densuke Watermelon


black densuke watermelon opposite a regular watermelon

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Dark as midnight, the black Densuke Watermelons are grown on the snowy Japanese island of Hokkaido, where only ten thousand of these bad boys are produced per year, which makes them quite the delicacy not only in Japan but all across the world too. They are renowned for their intensely sweet flavor, and have sold for over six-thousand dollars, making them the most expensive watermelons in the world. Imagine cracking open one of these with the gang.


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