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Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a heart-shaped lemon

Farmers in Onomichi, Japan, have succeeded in producing heart-shaped lemons

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 February, 2017, 2:36pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 February, 2017, 2:36pm

 

By Lee Han-soo

Those wanting something exotic or extraordinary to give their lover for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day fear not!

A farm in Hiroshima Prefecture may hold the answer. It has succeeded in producing a heart-shaped lemon, according to the Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese news outlet.

Onomichi, in the prefecture, is known for its lemons, and since 1998 farmers have been experimenting to develop heart-shaped fruit.

Although the process of putting lemons inside heart-shaped moulds before the fruit ripens sounds simple, farmers have been struggling with fruit rotting or bursting during the procedure.  

However, a farming association has finally succeeded after 18 years of hard research.

Its new mould has a 70 per cent success rate in producing heart-shaped lemons.

The product has become a huge success, with demand from restaurants and bakeries across Japan rising in preparation for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14.

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a heart-shaped lemon