|Cucumis melo 'Yubari King'|
Section of a fresh Yūbari King melon
|Hybrid parentage||Cucumis melo
Earl's Favourite × Burpee's "Spicy" Cantaloupe
|Origin||Yūbari, Hokkaidō, Japan|
The Yubari King (夕張メロン Yūbari Meron , Yūbari melon) is a cantaloupe cultivar farmed in greenhouses in Yūbari, Hokkaidō, a small town close to Sapporo. The Yubari King is a hybrid of two other cantaloupe cultivars: Earl's Favourite and Burpee's "Spicy" Cantaloupe. This hybrid's scientific name is Cucumis melo L. var. reticulatus Naud. cv. Yubari King.
Some Japanese people present Yubari King melons as gifts during Chūgen. A top-grade melon is to be perfectly round and have an exceptionally smooth rind. A portion of the stem, which is snipped with scissors, is left on top for aesthetic appeal.
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