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Multiple fruit watermelon in markets soon!

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gpburdell Jul 1, 2012 07:19 AM

really excited about this, I was just at a farmer's market and they had this fun kind of watermelon I'd never seen before. It's basically pre-cut except not. I guess you would say it's pre-grooved and then you can just break pieces off. The neatest part? It is genetically engineered that way! They basically engineered the watermelon to grow like a multiple fruit (like pineapple or figs) so there are natural fissures. Then they harvest it before the whole fruit fuses. Because of the extra surface area from multiple fruit growing it usually ripens faster anyway.

I'm not sure why they created this thing, but it'll be great to leave the knives at home from now on on picnics. Should be fun. The farmer at the market said these things will probably start showing up in manhattan grocers very soon!

  1. Cheese Boy Jul 1, 2012 08:53 PM

    Cool. I'm envisioning a soccer ball looking watermelon -- swapping fissures for stitches, BUT that would be fused, right? I gotta see this thing.

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      ashenfib Jul 3, 2012 07:03 AM

      The more I think about it, the more ridiculous this is.
      This is everything that is wrong with the United States. People are too lazy to cut their own watermelons? Seriously?

      What's next? Strawberries genetically engineered to taste like strawberries and cream?

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        Midknight Jul 3, 2012 07:14 AM

        That would be AWESOME! lol

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          debbiel Jul 3, 2012 07:25 AM

          At this point, I'd be happy if supermarket strawberries were engineered to taste like strawberries.

          I'm also a little, "HUH?" on this watermelon thing. Or maybe a lot.

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            flourgirl Jul 3, 2012 07:54 AM

            Yeah, I'm feeling the same way about this. It's kind of creepy and yes, totally feeds into an appalling laziness overtaking much of the world. (It's not just the U.S. being affected by this malaise) No one wants to work anymore - even if by "work" you mean just cutting up your own darn watermelon!

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          small h Jul 1, 2012 11:46 AM

          Did you see this watermelon at a market in Manhattan, or elsewhere?

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            gpburdell Jul 1, 2012 02:57 PM

            It was at a market upstate, near Poughkeepsie. Sort of upstate.

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              small h Jul 1, 2012 03:09 PM

              In a week & a half I will be driving north on 9W from Poughkeepsie to Kingston. Will I pass the land of the magic watermelons?

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                gpburdell Jul 1, 2012 03:30 PM

                Im not sure, I wasn't driving and my sense of direction is pretty bad! Haha. But I'll ask my friend who was navigating. It wasnt a destination for us, just something we stumbled on so I didn't pay too much attention to the location. But I'll ask my friend about the route we took.

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                  small h Jul 1, 2012 03:39 PM

                  That would be great, thank you. I would like to see this interesting fruit with my own eyes.

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            ashenfib Jul 1, 2012 07:29 AM

            Really surprised you found these. I read an article saying they were testing these out. But that was like only a year ago. Really fast time to market.

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              peanuttree Jul 1, 2012 07:23 AM

              WHAT!? No way!

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