You Won't Believe How Much These Outrageously Expensive Fruits Cost!

Fruits are hardly dazzling jewels, but these ones could very well be…

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Egg of the Sun Mangoes (US$3,000)

Two ‘Egg of the Sun’ mangoes snagged a staggering US$3000 in Southwest Japan at a 2014 auction. Known for its sweetness and size, which are rigorously regulated, the label produces one of the highest quality mangoes. The weather that year was also particularly sunny according to the local Agricultural Federation, which contributed to higher yields of good-quality mangoes.

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Densuke Black Watermelon (US$6,400)

Though this year’s June auction saw a Hokkaido-grown black watermelon sell for an impressive US$4900, it’s still got nothing on the all-time record of US$6,400 from 2008. The melon, which has a reputation for its crunchy texture and shiny black skin, bears no stripes and is known to weigh up to an impressive 11kg.

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Ruby Roman Grapes (US$10,900)

Over a million yen, or approximately US$10,900, was what a bunch of Ruby Roman grapes sold for in Kanazawa on Japan’s central Honshu Island. The very first of the season, the bunch contained about 30 mega-sized grapes, each measuring slightly smaller than a ping pong ball. High prices for fruit is not uncommon in Japan, but this particularly steep price is rare. The winning bidder, Takamaru Konishi, planned to display them at his store where customers could have a sample.

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Pineapple from Cornwall, England (US$13,000)

You’d probably think by now that most exorbitantly priced fruit are grown in Japan, but the most expensive one on the list is a pineapple from Cornwall, England. Grown in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, you might mistake said pineapple for an ordinary fruit, ‘measly’ even by size, except that it was grown by a different method. Since a tropical climate is typically required to grow pineapples, a technique from the Victorian ages was used to grow the fruit, including horse manure, heating through glass light in the summer, and over two years of meticulous cultivation.

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Yubari Melon (US$29,387)

Famously expensive, these Yubari-grown melons are often more of a status symbol. During the Chūgen in Japan, Yubari King melons are often presented as gifts, For melons to be considered the highest grade, it is expected to be perfectly round with an remarkably smooth rind. This year, a supermarket in Amagasaki purchased a pair of Yubari King melons at a staggering US$29,387, which trumps the previous US$24,500 record in 2008.

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