Square-shaped watermelons created for easy storage are to hit stores in the UK.

The bizarre-looking cuboid fruit caused a stir in Japan when they went on sale there five years ago.

UK shoppers will get their first taste of the Brazilian-grown melons from October, according to Tesco.

Farmers create the fruit's unusual shape by putting them in transparent boxes while they grow. The melons take around 60 days to reach maturity.

Tesco's exotic fruit buyer, Damien Sutherland, said the cuboid melons would be easier to store and eat.

"We've seen samples of these watermelons and they literally stop you in your tracks because they are so eye-catching," he said.

"These square melons will make it easier than ever to eat because they can be served in long strips rather than in the crescent shape."