JULIUS BARCELONA (left) is holding a fruit of Fain Beauty which is considered the best-tasting watermelon variety developed by the late Wun-Yu Chen, the founder and principal breeder of Known-You Seed of Taiwan.
Fain Beauty is one of several varieties under experiment for their adaptability to local conditions at the Known-You Philippines experimental farm in Alcala, Pangasinan.
Barcelona says that the pink flesh is very fine-textured, juicy, sweet and with a very unique flavor. Fruits (about 7 kg each) are harvestable 75 to 90 days after sowing.
With Julius is KVSS Sairam, president of Prathista Industries in India, who visited the Philippines to introduce the so-called third generation fertilizers that are claimed to be effective and economical to use.