Ishikawa Prefecture is one of Japan’s major watermelon production areas. Watermelons are mainly cultivated in three areas: (1) Kaga and the area between Kanazawa and Hakui, (2) Noto and (3) reclaimed land in the Kahoku-gata lagoon. Known for their sweetness and pleasant texture, they are shipped a lot to areas outside the prefecture. The way to pick a good watermelon is to check its sound and striped pattern. A clear sound when knocked means the watermelon could be very juicy. A completely round one with clear stripes and a shiny surface is proof of good quality. The seeds are found along the stripes. If you cut a watermelon along the green part, no seeds will be visible.
Main production areas
Suzu City, Noto Town, Anamizu Town, Hakui City, Kahoku City, Kanazawa City, Kaga
June to July