For the past ten years, three Malaysian farmers have been trying to successfully grow Japanese muskmelons, one of the world’s most expensive fruits. Now, the farmers at Mono in Malaysia’s administrative capital Putrajaya are finally selling their fruits on the market.
Director and co-founder of Mono, Seh Cheng Siang and his colleagues say they perform regular massages with a soft cloth or glove which is said to enhance the flavor. They also play classical music for the plants via speakers in the greenhouses, which they believe stimulates their growth.
Muskmelons more adept to rather temperate climates, so growing them in the tropics was a challenge for Seh and his team. They learned the cultivation process of Japanese muskmelon through several trips to Japanese farms and pure trial and error.