There are various theories about the birth of Prince Melon. Until the middle of the 1955s, melons (British Earl’s) seemed to be an expensive fruit that ordinary people could not afford. It was born in the mid-1955s as a crossbreed between an oriental melon without a net and a European cantaloupe melon, and was named ‘Prince Melon’ after the wedding of the Crown Prince. It is said that Prince Melon is the one that made melons closer to the common people. Melons are cultivated in each area of Kimitsu City and Futtsu City. Every year, it is shipped from early May, and it seems that you can enjoy several varieties until July.
According to JA Zen-noh Chiba, it seems to be planted in a fairly wide area of Futtsu City, such as Arai, Kawana, Shinobe, Shimoiino, Aoki, Chigusa Shinden and Nishi Owada. In the past, more than 100,000 cases of Prince melons were shipped each season, but due to the aging of the population, the number of shipments has decreased considerably. However, on the contrary, the quality has improved and the product has a scarcity value, making it an easy-to-sell product on the market side, and it is in high demand. Fertilizers and pesticides are used according to the melon cultivation calendar and cultivation standards are followed. It seems that one sample is brought at the time of shipment and the sugar content is inspected, and those that are below the standard are shipped separately. It seems that when the days are hot during the day and cool at night, the melons have a sugar content and are delicious. The level of inspection standards is stricter than those of other production areas, and we are proud that the quality is also excellent.
Greenhouse melon cultivation in Chiba Prefecture began when Mr. Kiyohide Suzuki of Kimitsu City learned cultivation techniques in Shizuoka Prefecture and began annual cultivation in 1961. (Agricultural High School) seems to have organized a greenhouse melon association. In April 1967, the name was changed to the Chiba Prefectural Greenhouse Association, and branch offices were established in the Unakami, Sanmu, Kimitsu, and Awa areas. From 1969 to 1973, shipping offices were built at each branch, and it seems that the production of greenhouse melons was at its peak. I have heard that in April 1972, the four branches were reorganized into four independent associations and reorganized with the Chiba Prefectural Federation of Greenhouse Associations.