6 Reasons Why Japan Does Watermelon Better: It’s Different

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If you’ve never tasted Japanese watermelon, you’re definitely missing out on something really delicious and healthy. In everyday life, I ask and get asked this question a lot, “What’s your favourite fruit?” Undoubtedly, everyone including me answers “watermelons”. 

Why Japan does watermelon better?

The reasons why Japan does watermelon better is because the Japanese farmers take the best care as if it’s a rare piece of jewellery. They look for the perfect soil, best quality seeds and the top pruning ways and everything else to make the Japanese watermelon taste heavenly delicious.

Not just any watermelon but Japanese watermelons! As a traveller, I have been around different places and have had watermelons in the Middle East, America, Europe and also some Asian countries but I found Japanese watermelons to be one in a melon (**pardon me for the joke!**)

If you’re still not convinced, I’ll not delay further and tell you the reasons why Japan does watermelon better below.

Reasons Why Japan Does Watermelon Better

Nom Factor: The Sole Winner!

Everywhere in the world, watermelons are sweet regardless of where they belong. You’ll enjoy it but nothing like the Japanese watermelons- they are crazy sweet, delicious and you won’t stop even if you’re full!

One of the main reasons behind this is watermelons in Japan- much like most fruits is a luxury rather than a daily essential diet. It’s something you’d gift or give someone really important on summer days. It’s expensive to be consumed on a daily basis.

densuke watermelon

Also, the Japanese farmers grow these watermelons as if they’re rare pieces of jewelry for your gut. They take care of the soil and choose the perfect quality, the most ideal seeds, the best methods of pruning and everything else to make them taste heavenly delicious.

if melons could be massaged and groomed- the farmers would do that too! Also, the Japanese watermelon’s ride is extremely thin, much thinner than all the melons I’ve had around the world. Less rind obviously equals a more delicious bit of the fruit (yum!). 

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Shapes, Figures and Sizes: All Kinds Available!

Heart, Pyramid, Square, Black – name the shape and Japan will turn them into watermelons! Japanese are so creative even when it comes to producing out-of-the-box fruits.

Some expensive departmental stores sold square watermelons- this was to resolve the issue of space in small refrigerators. The fruits are grown in special cubical containers to make them shape like that. 

reasons why Japan does watermelon better

Nowadays, these shaped fruits are sold for ornamental novelty with high price tags. Other shapes that Japanese watermelons come in are hearts, pyramids and jinmen suika– in the shape of a human face! A little creepy but so creative.

In the town of Toma, Hokkaido islands, black watermelons are produced. These watermelons are extremely sweeeeeeet (measure the sweetness with extra Es) compared to normal Japanese watermelons. Already the normal ones are naturally sweet in the first place.

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An Essential Summer Adventure: Japanese Pinata

Now that you know watermelons are considered expensive summer gifts and treats, it is also culturally significant.

You should definitely attend summer Japanese community gatherings or festivals if you’ve not seen or done suikawari which literally means watermelon splitting. 

Pretty much like the pinata games in Mexico, suikawari is a game that involves splitting a watermelon blindfolded with a wooden stick or bokken (wooden sword). After splitting, the slices are shared with the participants.

A piece of simple advice if you play suikawari- Place a clean sheet of cardboard beneath the watermelon before the game begins. This game is, however, one of the main reasons why Japan does watermelon better.

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Health Benefits Of Watermelon

Watermelons are incredibly healthy. Definitely, eating loads of watermelons with a lot of health benefits isn’t harmful- but remember there’s always a limit!

As the name suggests- watermelons contain 92% of water in them making it perfect for summer snacks as they keep you hydrated in the season of extreme summer. It keeps your inside cool so that the heat doesn’t affect you. 

watermelon in japanese kanji

Watermelons are a great source of Vitamin A and C that is good for your skin and hair health. It also boosts our immunity and combats fatigue. It lowers the risk of heart diseases and regulates blood pressure- It’s got your back!

You’d really go on licking your hands after having Japanese watermelons, your body will be thankful each time. Health benefits are also one of the reasons why Japan does watermelon better.

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Entertaining And Versatile

Personally, I can have Japanese watermelons all day long, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Maybe for some mid-day snacks as well- That’s how much I love them.

Usually in Japan, people put a little bit of salt on their watermelon to make them taste even sweeter. But i guess, if you’re coming from abroad you might not like it as much. 

So what you can do is- use the Japanese watermelons to make delicious juices and dishes. Watermelon juices, cocktails, mocktails, savoury, fruit salad, breakfast bowls, yoghurt watermelon or maybe a watermelon pizza! 

Japanese watermelon seeds

Watermelon popsicles and ice creams are also a thing. You can be innovative and try out your own recipe.

My personal favourite is the salad that I make with Japanese watermelon- it’s a “summer special”. Although I love cooking, during summers I am extremely lazy as it gets hot and I don’t feel like cooking a meal.

My “summer special” salad consists of watermelon, cucumbers, fresh basil, feta cheese dressed with walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette.

japanese watermelon name

You can also try watermelon salsa- watermelon, mango, red onion, basil, and cucumber, dressed with fresh lime juice. Mix the ingredients and season with salt and pepper. It tastes so refreshing and believe me, you’ll never have enough of it. 

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The Downside: Expensive fruit

Like nothing in this world is perfect, the same is the same with watermelons in Japan- it’s extremely pricey.

Watermelons as gifts might cost you as much as ¥10,000-¥15,000- especially if you’re looking for the heart-shaped or cube-shaped ones. 

However the usual ones cost around ¥600-¥3,000, it also tastes good and is definitely worth trying. All the Japanese fruits are different but somewhat expensive.

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#1– When is watermelon season in Japan?

It is recommended to enjoy season-fresh fruits when in Japan. Watermelons usually come during the summer season from June to mid-September or the late spring season.

#2– Which is the most expensive watermelon in Japan?

The most expensive watermelon in Japan was called the “Densuke” watermelon. It weighed around 8 kgs and grew in the north island of Hokkaido. Densuke was auctioned in northern Japan for 650,000 yen (US$6,100), making it the most expensive watermelon sold in Japan or even around the world. 

Watermelons are the real love!

If you’re someone like me who loves watermelons then you should definitely give the Japanese melons a try. You’ll find all the reasons why Japan does watermelon better mentioned above definitely true!

Try out different recipes of watermelon if you don’t like them as a fruit. Enjoy a huge-sized watermelon with your friends and family or your loved ones. 

Happy summer, hope you enjoy the watermelon season!

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