A farmer in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has grown cube-shaped watermelons so they can be sold at a satisfying price.
Yan Mingshan, the farmer, said his first thought of growing a cube-shaped watermelon was just want to attract people's attention.
Yan bought 100 square boxes and templates of Chinese characters symbolizing good fortunes. He stuck the characters on the boxes so that his watermelons can have different characters on the rind.
After the watermelons were ripe, Yan's watermelons were sold out immediately.
Yan said he now spends one year on experiments to figure out what kind of watermelons can grow into cube-shaped more easily, and what characters can be printed on the watermelons. He plans to combine his business with local tourism to attract more customers.
Cube-shaped watermelons were first invented in Japan in 1978, to save space in small refrigerators. The price is usually several times higher than that of round watermelons.
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