Yamagata Prefecture is well-received as the third largest production volume in Japan. Also, the plump, lustrous, lustrous watermelon makes a clear sound when tapped, and its vibrations are transmitted throughout. It is a proof that there is no cavity and the fruit is tightly packed. When you put a kitchen knife in, the bright red ripe flesh is bright to the eye. When you bite into it, the juice overflows from the corners of your mouth, and this is incredibly juicy, and the unique crispiness and crunchiness are just the right impression. The blacker the seeds, the better the taste. A climate with a large temperature difference between day and night is an indispensable environment for sweet and excellent watermelons. In addition, the pride of being one of the nation’s leading watermelon producers seems to create a strong sense of “making high-quality watermelons.” In terms of technology, it seems to have progressed with each era, and it seems that early and late harvest cultivation that makes good use of natural conditions is also practiced.
This superior produce is more than 90% water, but it also contains large amounts of minerals such as potassium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin C. In particular, since it contains a large amount of potassium, which excretes excess sodium from the body, and also contains the amino acids citrulline and arginine, which produce urine, it can be expected to have a diuretic effect. Red flesh also contains lycopene, a type of carotenoid. Not many foods contain this good substance, others include tomatoes, pink grapefruits, and guava. Lycopene content in watermelon is 1.4 times more per gram than in fresh tomatoes.
The Murayama area is a basin formed by the Ou Mountains and the Dewa Hills, and the soil is covered with volcanic ash, which is considered to be the best for watermelon cultivation. In addition, the climatic conditions are an annual average temperature of 10.5 degrees Celsius, an annual snowfall of 1,710 mm, and 120 days of snowfall. It seems that it is a heavy snowfall area. Thanks to pioneers and workers, Yamagata Prefecture is one of the leading fruit-producing areas in Japan, and is blessed with specialty fruit trees such as cherries and pears. There seems to be little production of fruit trees.