How to grow square watermelons
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Entertainment, Pop Culture.
Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons

The problem with the watermelon that nature created is that it doesn’t really work well in refrigerators. Many a time, I’ve killed a melon by opening the fridge door too fast, forgetting there’s a rolling monstrosity in there, and watched it tumble to the floor.

Thankfully, humanity has found a way to fix this by creatively “forcing” watermelons to grow into squares. Like the above example, the idea originated in Japan as a way to more easily allow households to store watermelons in their fridges – and, as you would expect, square fruit is easier to stack and ship than their round counterparts.

Unfortunately, when square watermelons hit U.S. stores last year, they were selling for a ridiculous $75/each. For less, you can follow these instructions for creating a plastic box to create your own square versions. The author claims the entire process is really easy to setup, but to someone who is less than handy, you might want to stick to the standard round. Here’s the initial setup of what you’ll need:

“You will need 4 gate hinges and 2 hinged clasps with flat head machine screws and hex nuts plus at least 8 or more 1″ to 1-1/2″ long, thin wood screws and possibly a 36″ length of angle iron or aluminum angle (cut to 8″ lengths to yield four pieces) if you have thinner polycarbonate, a power drill and hole saw, and a hand saw or power saw such as a jig saw.”

Got that? Good. No go forth and create your square watermelon empire.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Karina payan

    Ewwww