Last December 19, Known-You observed its 43rd anniversary with the inauguration of its new headquarters that was built with NT$300 million. Mr. Chen spearheaded the breeding of hybrid watermelon and other high-value vegetables in Taiwan. These hybrid seeds have benefited millions of farmers not only in Taiwan but also around the world, including the United States, Japan, Europe and of course other Asian countries like the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka and others. Mr. Chen is shown here in this photo with his favorite crop during a previous watermelon festival in Taiwan. At 86 years old, he still goes to his office although much of the administrative tasks are now in the hands of his son Lung-Mu Chen, Known-You president.
Also during the inauguration a couple of hybrids in display caught my attention, among them is the POMELON a combination of Pomelo & Melon.
At first glance, the whole fruit looks like a pomelo of the Vietnam variety. But it is not a pomelo. It is an unusual new melon hybrid developed by Known-You Seed of Taiwan.
This has a lemony taste, a combination of the slight sourness of pomelo and the sweetness of melon. The flesh is soft and very juicy. It is very refreshing to the taste.
Known-You says this variety is easy to cultivate, has long shelf life, good fruit setting and is resistant to Fusarium wilt disease. Fruit is oblate shaped, weighs about 1.8 kilos. Its yellowish green skin is smooth with occasional nets.
It has a Brix reading of 13 to 15 degrees which is considered sweet on the high side. It keeps very well. After one month of storage, the special flavor is still there. It can be harvested 75 to 90 days after sowing.
THIS is Jade Lady, the Honeydew melon that is highly adapted to the tropical climate of the Philippines. It is early maturing. It is ready for harvest in just 38 to 45 days after flowering.
Fruits which weigh 1.5 to 2.5 kilos are sweet with a high sugar content of 15-18 percent. This variety has stable quality even in hot season when there is minimal temperature difference between day and night.
THESE are two white eggplant accessions in the germplasm collection of Known-You Seed Company in Taiwan. The white eggplant is said to have very good shelf life and transport quality.
The upper photo shows bigger round fruits while the one below shows much smaller fruits. There are other sizes. One has long fruits while another white has fruits that are as small as cherry tomatoes.
These are being used by breeders of the company to create new outstanding hybrids.
The black hot pepper! This is one of the various sweet and hot peppers that are under trial at the research farm of Known-You Seed in Tainan, Taiwan.
This black pepper is said to be one of the hottest in the collection of Taiwan’s biggest seed company-Known-You. The company is also well known for breeding many outstanding vegetables and other high-value crops like tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber, watermelon, melon, okra, squash, ampalaya, sweet corn and more.
In the Philippines, seeds are distributed by Harbest Agribusiness.