How To: Make Shaped Watermelons

We’ve all seen bottles that have pears grown inside them, but have you ever seen a watermelon grown in a box? It’s one of the craziest things we’ve seen in awhile and although it’s not a new practice, it’s still mind boggling, every time we see it. They can run upwards of $100 in stores (if you can find them) but are easy to do in your own garden with the help of this tutorial...

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This is a common practice in Asian countries, in fact, many prefer it to the traditional round melon. They are easier to cut, take up less space in your refrigerator and stay where you put them without fear of rolling. All it requires is a box with a hole in the top, allowing for the stem to grow through and air to get in. The bonus to this style of shaped fruit is that it’s relatively protected from enemies such as bugs and animals wanting a snack from your garden!

Try it in your backyard with this tutorial from Instructables that will give you the low down on making your own box. You can purchase the polycarbonate plastic from most hardware stores, although often times it can be found in smaller pieces on Craigslist in the "materials" section. It's worth a look!

The sky is the limit with this idea, try our squares (or cubes rather), triangles and more!

Related:
Recipe: Watermelon Popsicles
Recipe: Watermelon, Rosemary, and Feta Salad
Picnic Tip: How To Make a Watermelon Sling

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