King of fruit born grown in a glass greenhouse
Fukuroi City, in the Midwest of Shizuoka Prefecture, is a major production center of Crown Melon. Melon production in the area has a history of more than 80 years, and is unmatched by any other production areas. Many farmers have been producing melons for two to three generations, and with their long experience in production, they gave birth to a melon referred to as ”the King of Melon”, the Crown Melon.
On this trip, we visited the greenhouse of Katsuhiko Iguchi in Fukuroi City. The melons Iguchi makes always rank in the top in competitive exhibitions. So we asked how such melons are grown. In order to grow Crown Melon, one must use a glass greenhouse, not the regular plastic greenhouse. They told us the glass greenhouse allows the sunlight to shine through, creating sweet and healthy melon.
How to tell its sweetness
Melons are one of Nakata’s top three favorite fruits. After touring the greenhouse, we were able to taste the fruit, and Nakata repeatedly commented ”Delicious” or ”Sweet”. And then he asked, ”Can you tell which melon is sweet by looking at the exterior?”
All Crown Melon have a sticker with the number of the producer on it. Every producer is identified, so one can immediately distinguish the taste of melon for each producer.
- Shizuoka Prefecture Greenhouse Farming Coop, Crown Melon Branch Katsuhiko Iguchi
- 219 Oyama, Fukuroi, Shizuoka
- URL http://crown-melon.co.jp