Would you pay more for a male fruit over a female fruit?

Local vendors in Tiexi District of Shenyang, Liaoning, starting selling fruit “by gender” at the market, charging more for “male” fruits such as tangerines, watermelons, apples, pears, strawberries and tomatoes.

They would not say what makes some fruit “male” and others “female”, which prompted local officials to step in and stop the practice. They advised consumers not to be fooled by such a sales promotion.


Sun Tzu has spent about 7 years in Asia traveling through Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Korea. A true fan of everything that is weird and strange, he decides in the end what is displayed and published on this site. Sun has previous experience writing for numerous print mags such as XLR8R, URB, and Movement Magazine.