Thanks to a Panama produce company, square watermelons start entering the U.S. today. How exactly does one grow a square watermelon? Before you conjure up visions of Dr. Moreau and genetic mutations, rest easy: The melons are grown inside cube-shaped glass boxes.
The new form was invented several years ago by farmers in Zentsuji, Japan, who decided to grow square watermelons that fit exactly into Japanese refrigerators. In this age of carbon-footprint sensitivity and conserving gas, it's actually a terrific idea -- square melons take up less room to transport than round ones.