A Japanese farmer has grown the world's first heart-shaped watermelon, RocketNews24 reports.
The farmer, Hiroichi Kimura, was originally a standard watermelon grower whose curiosity into whether it would be possible to grow his product in a specific shape was originally piqued after a comment from a neighbour.
Kimura subsequently devoted several years into researching whether such a feat was possible, including reading up on growing techniques, developing a heart-shaped mould, researching the ideal cultivation methods, soil conditions, atmospheric temperature, and moisture levels for the product.
As well as successfully producing the desired shape, the watermelon also reportedly has a pleasant texture and flavour, with a crunchy consistency, sweet juice and a lingering flavour.
”I want my customers to eat something delicious,” Kimura told RocketNews24.
The product is being sold by a store in Fukuoka, on the isaland Kyushu, for the price of ¥15,750 (US$160) each.
The farmer is reportedly continuing to research new varieties of his product.