Watermelon toast gains popularity in Taiwan

Watermelon is a refreshing food on warm days - that's exactly what a baker in Taiwan thought when he came up with a creative way to get children to eat when the heat of summer causes them to lose their appetite.

Lee Wen-fa, head baker at Jimmy's Bakery in the northern Taiwan township of Jiaohsi, wanted to make toast interesting to children and created bread in the shape of a watermelon.

And it's not just the outside of the loaf that resembles a square watermelon - which is popular in Japan. Cut into it and each slice of bread looks like red or yellow watermelon, right down to the black seeds.

The "melons" are sold as loaves or toasted by the slice.

Lee uses green tea powder, strawberry, bamboo charcoal and food dye to create the green, red, dark and yellow colours in the bread.

Jimmy's Bakery sells about 1,500 slices of watermelon toasts daily and still cannot keep up with orders from all over Taiwan.

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