From Kobayashi Seed Co., Ltd. (Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture), large ball, NW-136-RAOU Watermelon is a work that won the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award. Overwhelmingly few hollow fruits and cracked fruits. Even if you harvest more than 2 fruits, you will be able to see the masterpiece of ball alignment and bloated power. There is little difference in sugar content between the center and the skin, and it seems that the supreme crispness is irresistible. In addition, it seems that the vines are excellent and the number of hollow fruits is small. Varieties that remain strong until harvest generally tend to overgrow and become hollow fruits. However, Rao Watermelon seems to have a surprisingly small number of hollow fruits, even though it is enlarged to the end. It has good fruit set and ball alignment, and when two fruits are set in one plant, only the fruit that has set first will be large, and the other will be small or may not set. In addition, it is possible to harvest after adding sugar content to the skin, so it seems that there is no problem even if the harvesting work is delayed a little.
The grass is strong from the first half to the second half, and it has a good hold even at high temperatures after the rainy season. It seems that there is little tsurubate and tsuruboke. It seems that the fruit set is stable even when cultivated with 2 or more fruits per plant, there is little variation in fruit enlargement, and the balls are outstandingly aligned, and the large ball rate and yield are high. High excellence rate with few hollow fruits, cracked fruits, and moist fruits (characterized by the fact that hollow fruits are extremely difficult to produce despite the good vine retention until harvest). The color of the pericarp is very dark and it is hard to shine. It is a regular sphere with a fruit weight of 8 to 10 kg and is good for hypertrophy. The flesh is deep pink and evenly colored. Since the sugar content is 12 to 13 degrees and the meat quality is fine, the crispy texture is extremely good and the taste seems to be excellent. The maturity period is Naka-Okute. Harvested 45-47 days after flowering by tunnel cultivation harvested from June to July. The softening (looseness) of the meat is slow, and the harvest period is wide even during the high temperature period. It seems that you can put the sugar content exactly on the skin. Since the initial vine growth is a little slow in the low temperature period, it keeps warm after planting and promotes the initial growth smoothly. Since the initial enlargement after fruit set is slow, the final enlargement size is improved by keeping warm and promoting the initial enlargement. It’s a little OK, so in order to pursue the taste, it seems better to harvest after adding sugar content to the skin instead of harvesting young.
Saikai City, where the Omodaka district is located, is located in the northernmost part of the Nishisonogi Peninsula so as to be sandwiched between Nagasaki City and Sasebo City, two major cities in Nagasaki Prefecture.
It is a city with an area of about 241km2 consisting of various terrains. Its characteristics are mountainous, facing Omura Bay where the waves are quiet in the east, facing the rough Goto Nada in the west, and large and small islands continue to the Goto Islands like stepping stones. The expression of nature also differs slightly from region to region, and it seems that it changes abundantly and sometimes severely as the seasons change. For this reason, the culture, climate, and livelihoods rooted in Saikai are extremely diverse.