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Square watermelons sell for $860 in Moscow

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Michael Bastasch Contributor
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Are you tired of boring, rounded watermelons? Well, a short trip to Moscow and you can find fun-filled, square watermelons.

But you better bring some cash, because these watermelons aren’t cheap at around $860 per watermelon.

Mother Nature Network reports that the square melons cost more than 300 times the price of a regular round watermelon. The price was originally only $700 per watermelon, but soon after the fruits gained some notoriety they shot up in price to $860.

These melons are a popular summertime gift in Japan, and farmers in the Kawaga Prefecture use plastic containers to give watermelons their shape, according to the BBC.

MNN reports: “Training plants and trees to grow into unusual forms is nothing new; bonsai, espalier trees, pleached hedges, and even pears grown in Poire William bottles all come to mind. But that the fruits of such labor, so to speak, can command such prices is really quite remarkable.”

However, these melons aren’t edible because they are shipped to Moscow are harvested before ripening and are only intended for ornamental purposes. Yet, some unaware customers have eaten them.

The Moscow Times reports that the square watermelons are failing to attract customers. “One store assistant told reporters there’d been ‘no rush’ to buy them, although a few shoppers had picked them up ‘just for fun’,” notes the Times.

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