We tried "Pinot Girl," a micro-seeded small watermelon that can be eaten down to the seeds.
Pinot GirlPinot Girl" is a new small watermelon that has been commercially available since 2020. It is a variety developed by Nantes Seed Corporation, a seed and seedling manufacturer in Nara Prefecture. The shape of the fruit is long and spherical.
The seeds are very small, about one-fourth the size of conventional watermelons. The company claims to be a "micro-seeded small watermelon" that can be eaten all the way down to the seeds.
The one we purchased at a supermarket in Tokyo was from Akita Prefecture. It was about 15 cm in diameter x 20 cm in height and priced at 780 yen (tax not included).
I tried a pinot girl.Cut the pinot girl with a knife. The seeds are so small that depending on where the knife is inserted, it may look like there are no seeds at all, but they are there.
The seeds are about 5 mm long, smaller than those of ordinary watermelons, and can be easily removed with a spoon.
The flesh has a crunchy texture and a sweet taste typical of watermelons. When I tried eating it without removing the seeds, I found that the seeds were so small that they hardly hit my teeth (or even if they did, I didn't notice). When I dared to take out only the seeds and chew them, there was a crispy texture, but no bitterness. If you eat it with your eyes closed, you might not even know there are seeds in it!
Furthermore, because the seeds are small, the pulp around the seeds does not deteriorate easily, and it lasts longer than regular watermelons. The small size of these watermelons makes it easy to serve to a small family!