Japanese Melons: As Precious As Gold?
During harvest time, fruit farmers rejoice because it’s the time of the year that most people empty their wallets to buy their favorite fruits.
Fruit has always been one of the higher-priced commodities in Japan. A single apple, for example, can cost 1,000 yen (£8). A package of 20 cherries will run you 8,000 yen (£64).
However, it seems that the value of melons has gone down this season.
Yubari, a city in the north famous for its enticing, wonderful melons, has started a bit of a craze.
In the most recent harvest, two particular melons caught the attention of everyone, for their perfectly circular form and an evenly patterned rind. The set of melons, weighing 4 kg, were auctioned at a relatively lower price than the highest paid melons ever, reflecting the still unstable economic climate.
In 2008, the most expensive pair of melons was sold at a whopping price of 2.5 million yen (£19,000). Now that’s expensive!