A farmer in Phu Tan Commune of Chau Thanh District in Hau Giang Province has cultivated a bottle-shaped (ho lo) watermelon which he intends to sell during the coming Tet holiday season.
|Vo Trung Thanh (R) shows his ‘ho lo’ watermelon (Photo: SGGP)|
The unusual fruit is the invention of farmer Vo Trung Thanh, who tried to grow the bottle-shaped watermelon after many experimentations and created the perfectly shaped fruit, calling it “Golden ho lo” (Hoang kim ho lo) which he says symbolizes his passion for farming.
Thanh expects to sell about 1,000 of these exotically shaped watermelons during the coming Tet holiday season. Each watermelon weighs about 2 to 2.5 kilogram and hopes to fetch VND1.2 to 1.5 million.
At the moment he is looking at various procedures required to register the brand name “Hoang kim ho lo” for exclusive rights to the bottle-shaped watermelon fruit.
Thanh was earlier successful in creating a bottle-shaped grapefruit, which he supplied to the market during last Tet Lunar New Year. The fruit is an improved strain of the nam roi grapefruit but fetches many times the price.
At present, Thanh and neighboring farmers are cultivating over 8,000 “ho lo” grapefruits to supply to the Tet market. Customers have already paid in advance for most of the above grapefruits, priced at VND250,000-700,000 per piece.