Many of those expensive fruits originate from the country of Japan. With prices up to tens of thousands of dollars for a slice of melon or mango, it is indeed a fruit that is “more expensive than gold”.
Fruits are an important part of the daily diet. Fruit is an abundant source of nutrients and energy for humans. They can be eaten directly, processed into juices, jellies, or made into jams. However, due to some rare attributes, high nutritional value, and scarcity, some fruits have become items that are not cheap, even more expensive than you can imagine. Here are the top 10 such fruits.
The Sekai-Ichi apple, native to Japan, is considered one of the largest apple varieties, characterized by a pale pink or sometimes red color. The Sekai-Ichi Apple Season lasts from early autumn to early winter, with each standard apple measuring 30 to 46 centimeters in circumference and weighing nearly 1 kilogram.
However, due to the large volume, these apples are only grown in limited quantities, meaning that farmers cannot mass produce them. Therefore, this type of apple is very expensive, about 21 USD per apple.
Sembikiya cherries are introduced from Japan’s oldest fruit shop. From the original cherries, one can make fresh soft drinks, puddings, etc.
Cherries are grown and cared for carefully in a small greenhouse. They must meet strict requirements for size, color and quality before being marketed. And this premium fruit costs up to 160 USD per box.
Dekopon orange is a large fruit – each fruit can weigh up to 0.5 kg. They are sometimes called sumo oranges because of their unique shape that resembles the martial arts of traditional Japanese martial arts.
This fruit is sweet, easy to peel and seedless. They are the perfect choice for those who like to eat sweet but still want to stay in shape. Dekopon oranges also require a very elaborate cultivation process, such that the temperature of the fruit must always be checked in the greenhouse.
They are then stored for up to 40 days to reduce sugar and acidity. Dekopon oranges cost $80 a fruit, many times higher than most other oranges.
Strawberry Queen Sembikiya
Sembikiya queen strawberries have a sweet taste and a beautiful red color. The fruit sells for $85 a box at the same store where people can buy Sembikiya cherries. These strawberries are only available for sale for a limited time, making them even more rare.
The growing process is also quite sophisticated when strawberries are kept out of contact with the soil. In addition, other conditions are also ensured so that each strawberry is always hygienic, glossy and uniform in color.
White pearl strawberry
This fruit has a very distinct color – white on both the outside and inside. Also known as “scent of first love” in Japanese, these strawberries are considered a luxury item in the land of the rising sun. They cost about 10 USD a fruit, is one of the most expensive fruits in the world.
The reason for such a price is because there are not many farmers willing to invest their heart to grow these strawberries – the percentage of pure white pearl strawberries is very small.
Japanese Ruby Roman Grapes
At $450/bundle, these grapes are obviously extremely expensive. The high price comes from scarcity – only 24,000 bunches are harvested each year and sold in many markets across Japan. These succulent grapes have a very sweet taste, with almost no sour taste.
Ruby grape size is also not small, when each grape is as big as a ping pong ball. Each cluster of grapes undergoes rigorous testing to meet market standards and is classified into three categories: superior, special, and premium.
Square watermelon is one of the most luxurious fruits in the world. The watermelons are characterized by a distinct cube shape, grown in boxes to help with the process of keeping fit. It is interesting to know that not a farmer but a graphic designer named Tomoyuki Ono developed the distinctive shape of this fruit in the 1978s.
Tomoyuki Ono introduced these watermelons in a showroom in Tokyo and planted them in squares, allowing for easier transportation, cutting and storage. However, it is because of their unique shape that these watermelons are very expensive, with prices up to 800 USD a fruit.
Taiyo No Tamago Red Mango
The Taiyo No Tamago red mango, also known as the “egg of the sun,” is grown exclusively in Japan’s Miyazaki prefecture for up to $2,000 a slice. The reason is that this fruit has a high sugar content and is covered with a beautiful colored skin.
Some mangoes can be dark orange, red, or even purple. The texture of the pulp is so soft, even the peel is edible. They also have very little fiber, are completely juicy and taste like candy.
These world famous watermelons are grown exclusively in Hokkaido. Densuke watermelons are also extremely difficult to grow, with only a handful of farmers growing a very limited amount each season. Because of this rarity, watermelons can sell for more than $6,000 per slice. These watermelons are also very diverse in color, ranging from a deep green to a strange black.
This melon is sweet and has very few seeds compared to most other varieties. Although rare, they are not only sold in Japan, but also appear in the Canadian market.
Yubari King Melon
The title of the most expensive fruit in the world belongs to the Yubari King cantaloupe, with slices of melon costing more than $45,000. These melons were originally grown exclusively on nutrient-rich volcanic soil in Yubari, Japan. It also takes more than 100 days to harvest, and farmers even massage them daily to create the perfect grid patterns that adorn the skin of this expensive fruit.
Some farmers even have to wear hats for melons to protect them from the sun. Thanks to that, these melons are very sweet and fragrant, with a very characteristic spicy taste. Because of these factors, Yubari melon is also considered a status symbol in society.
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