Heart-Shaped Cucumber, Anyone?

Japan can be a little obsessed with their produce (I passed on a $70 bunch of grapes I spotted in one boutique Tokyo market), and now they're growing cucumbers in non-cylindrical shapes.

By raising the vegetables in simple plastic molds, one producer creates heart and star-shaped cucumbers that, when sliced, can add a touch of Hallmark holiday to any salad.

The heart versions are called "Heart Sticks" and we figure that the stars are named accordingly—leading us to assume that night stick, glow stick and dumb stick varieties are on the way. [Heart Stick via Eatnine Ghost via My Interesting Files via Weird Asia News via Geekologie]

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