In this day and age, some companies will do anything to stand out from the rest of the pack. For one Japanese fruit company, letting nature take its course just seems too…common. Enter the works of one of the world’s greatest composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Toyoka Chuo Seika, a fruit company based in the Hyogo Prefecture, has been utilizing the unconventional method of using Mozart to aid in the ripening of bananas. The bananas are placed in a chamber for about one week, surrounded by the pleasant sounds of Mozart’s String Quartet 17 and Piano Concerto 5 in D.

But what about other forms of music? Would the dulcet tones of Slayer’s “Reign in Blood” have the same impact? Probably not, but one company has experimented with a variety of other composers and even jazz. Ohara Shuzo, which brews sake, has also been using Mozart to aid in the brewing process.

So is the music actually making the food and drink taste better? Unlikely, but one company has some insight. Harada Tomat, based in the Tokushima Prefecture, has been selling “Star Drops,” which are Mozart-ripened tomatoes. The music calms the workers and provides a more relaxing environment, which seemingly influences the tomatoes.

I still want to try some Slayer Sake.

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