I don’t really see the point of paying an excessive amount of money for fruit or vegetables, that’s why I scan avocados through as onions and sneakily snack on grapes as I do my shopping. I understand that buying the most expensive ANYTHING is a novelty that I will never know but ask yourself, would you really fork out more than it costs to buy a new car just so you can boast about your expensive melons?
Well, some rich Japanese fella did just that when he spent over $27,000 on a pair of Yubari King melons in Japan. Yubari King is a cross between two varieties of cantaloupe and must be grown in the Yubari region in order to bear that name — just like Kobe beef, another Japanese culinary luxury, which must be produced in that certain geographic region.
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Yubari King melons are famous for their sweetness and extortionate price tag. An average melon can range from $50-$100, which isn’t as mind-boggling as $27k on a piece of fruit but still not your average sliced watermelon from the Woolies produce section.
The previous highest winning bid price for a pair of Yubari melons was ¥2.5 million, recorded in 2008 and 2014 at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market. The bloke who bought the world-record melons, Takamaru Konishi, a buyer at a supermarket in Hyoho Prefecture, said he “Wanted to return a favor to the farmers of Yubari, who help us every year.” Takamaru said the melons will be displayed at the supermarket in Amagasaki and will be auctioned online later.
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