A farmer in the southern Vietnamese city of Can Tho said Wednesday he had successfully harvested a new kind of watermelon that bears the map of Vietnam on its skin after a year-long experiment.
The watermelon is heart-shaped with yellow skin, embossed with a Vietnamese map featuring the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos and Phu Quoc Island. Tran Thanh Liem said he intended to produce 43 such watermelons, but only yielded three well-shaped ones due to poorweather.
The farmer would thus delay his plan to market the “map watermelons” for this coming Lunar New Year, or Tet in Vietnamese. He had intended to sell them at VND7-8 million (US$326-373) a pair, according to newswire Dan Tri.