JEONGEUP, South Korea, July 1 (Korea Bizwire) – Accidentally biting into one of many watermelon seeds can be an unpleasant experience, which is why farmers decided to come up with a seedless alternative.
Jeongeup is a city located in North Jeolla Province, and seedless watermelons are one of its regional specialties. The area’s watermelon exports to Japan have more than doubled this year compared to 2015.
The city already exported 40 tons of its ‘Danpoong Mi-In Seedless Watermelons’ to Japan in the first half of 2016, and it plans to export an additional 90 tons in the second half of the year.
‘Danpoong Mi-In’ is a brand title given out to agricultural products that have been officially certified, in terms of quality, by the city.
The Danpoong Mi-In Seedless Watermelons are thoroughly inspected at the city’ processing center, and they are of the highest quality, weighing from 6 to 8 kilograms with higher than 10 degrees Brix in sugar content. The local agriculture technology center has also been offering guidance to the city’s farmers for better pest control and increased sugar content.
The watermelons were sold last year at Fukuoka’s distribution markets operated by CGC Group, Japan’s major distribution enterprise.
Seedless watermelons are developed to not contain mature seeds, thus removing the inconvenience of biting or chewing seeds when consuming the fruit. They’re also more convenient to use for various recipes.
“To publicize the excellence of our seedless watermelons, we’ll hold promotional events in Fukuoka and Tokyo this month,” said a city official. “We’ll also export an additional 90 tons (of seedless watermelons) in the latter half of the year.”
By Kevin Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)