During my Christmas shopping, I became fascinated with the Message Bean.
Not that I need to have one; I want to figure out how they do this!
Do you think the factory is like a minature tattoo parlor for beans? Maybe they burn right through the seed coat with a little branding iron.
I think when my daughter gets bigger , we could start up our own bean tattoo parlor. I'm guessing I could soak the bean in water, remove the seed coat, and then print right on the cotyledons before planting the seed.
Botanical note: The cotyledons, the structure where the message is printed in the above picture, are the food storage organ for the developing seedling , and they eventually will dry up and fall off.