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Published: Tuesday August 26, 2014 MYT 1:10:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday August 26, 2014 MYT 2:59:54 PM

Grow ‘Buddha pears’ and heart-shaped watermelon

Buddha-shaped pears growing on a tree. The shape is produced with a new kind of plastic mould.

Buddha-shaped pears growing on a tree. The shape is produced with a new kind of plastic mould.

Moulds let gardeners shape their fruit while they grow.

Because pear-shaped pears and round melons were getting old, a Chinese entrepreneur decided to create moulds that allow gardeners with green thumbs to grow Buddha-shaped pears, square watermelons and cucumbers in the form of hearts.

For the one you love, a heart-shaped watermelon.

The concept is simple, and the result quirky: While the fruit or vegetable is still young and small, gardeners simply encase them in plastic moulds and watch as they fill out.

Have a pear tree? Psych out your neighbours with chubby mini Buddha heads dangling from the branches.

The moulds, which are made in China, can also create heart-shaped apples, tomatoes and watermelons, star-shaped cucumbers as well as square-edged melons – a form that makes for easier cutting.

Fruit Moulds ship worldwide and range from US$1 to US$18 (RM3-RM57). – AFP Relaxnews

Heart and star cucumber and square apples

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