The Japanese take their melons seriously, as the photos below will testify. Square watermelons (grown in glass cubes, designed to take up less space in a small fridge) start around $80. This one (gift quality) went for $300:
Two "perfect" Yubari King melons, similar to the ones you see here:
were sold at auction for ¥2,500,000 (around $32,000). Happily, you'll find the melons at Sonoma and Glen Ellen Village Markets more reasonably priced, and just as tasty. Our organic cantaloupes are delicious. And the Sharlyn melons have just arrived from Turlock. Come in and have a taste. Soft in texture, sweet and flavorful, the Sharlyn is one of my favorites. It is one of the more delicate melons, and must be used within a day or two after cutting. Be sure to cover any cut Sharlyn before you put it in the refrigerator, as its aroma, although pleasant, can permeate the entire fridge. All low-acid fruits like melons should be refrigerated after cutting.
(Cube watermelon photo used with kind permission of Laughlin Elkind)2330