Melons are produced on the Byobuzan sandhills of Tsugaru city, Aomori. Sandhills are suited to melon cultivation because of the good drainage and temperature disparity between day and night, yielding sweet delicious melons.
Cultivated in open-fields, melons in Aomori are rain-protected by tunnel production. The major variety, “Takami” melon, has green flesh and a net-patterned skin. Aomori is the fifth largest melon producer in Japan. The peak season for Aomori melons is August, with many being shipped to the Tokai and Kinki regions. “Takami” melons are known for having pale green flesh that is thick and crisp. They keep longer than average and have an exceptionally high sugar content (16g of sugar/100g of fruit).
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