We have two items from Japan this afternoon. The first comes from the Guardian, which announces that a single bunch of grapes sold for 1.1 million yen. That’s the equivalent, they say, of £8350 pounds, or about $11,000 in U.S. currency. Of course these aren’t your ordinary grapes: they’re huge (about the size of a ping-pong ball), and Wikpedia says this:
Every grape is checked strictly to guarantee its quality, with certification seals placed on those thus selected. The Ruby Roman has strict rules for selling; each grape must be over 20g and over 18% sugar. In addition, a special “premium class” exists which requires the grape to be over 30g and where the entire fruit bunch must weigh at least 700g. In 2010, only six grapes qualified for premium status while in 2011, no grapes made the cut.
Six grapes met the “premium class standard.” No wonder they’re so expensive! 30 grams, by the way, is over an ounce. I’d love to taste one, but at $350 per grape, I don’t think I’ll be doing that any time soon. But some lucky people will, as the Guardian reports:
Seasonal fruit offerings in Japan routinely attract large sums from buyers seeking social prestige, or from shop owners keen to attract customers.
The buyer of Thursday’s bunch promised to dole out samples to a few fortunate patrons.
“These are truly Ruby Roman gems,” bidder Takamaru Konishi from western Japan told the press.
“We will display them at our store before giving our customers a sample taste,” he said.
Here’s what they look like:
And be sure to watch this video, which lists the five most expensive fruits in the world (four are boutique fruit from Japan, and the Ruby Romans are only #5). You’ll be surprised at #1!