Tired of the same old apples and bananas? Looking to top your corn flakes with something really special? Well, cash in that 401k and fly on over to Japan to sample these unique fruit:
A hybrid of two cantaloupes (Earl’s Favorite and Burpee’s Spicy), the Yubari King Melon hails from Hokkaido, Japan where they are grown in special greenhouses, each fruit (one to a vine – the rest are pruned) is outfitted with a special hat to guard them from the sun. They are usually sold in pairs but you can snag a single for a mere $100.
Grown in Ishikawa prefecture, these ping-pong-sized grapes are sold under strict conditions. Each must weigh over 20 grams and have a sugar content of over 18%. Instead of splurging on a bunch, start with a solitary grape – that will set you back about $250.
EGG OF THE SUN MANGOES
Earlier this year, a pair of these prized mangoes sold for a record $3000 at auction and then were promptly airlifted from Miyazaki in southern Japan to a department store in Fukoaka where they went on sale. The average person can pick up one of these mangoes – that must weigh in at a minimum 350 grams and possess a sugar content of over 15% – for about $50.
These orange/mandarin hybrids were only available in Japan until several years ago. They are grown in large greenhouses and then left to sit for 20-40 days after harvesting to mellow their citric character while allowing their sweetness to build. A half dozen will set you back about $80.
Sekai-Ichi Apples translates to “World’s Best Apples”. They are pollinated by hand and washed with honey. In comparison to the other fruit on this list, a single apple is a steal at a little over $20.
Grown in tempered glass boxes to ensure their perfectly cubic form, they are incredibly practical: easily stackable and an easy fit for small Japanese refrigerators. Recent alternate versions include heart-shaped and pyramid varieties. Get your own for $200 a pop.
Also grown in Hokkaido where a mere 100 are farmed each year, they are renown for their crispness and sweetness. They go for as much as $5000 but, if you’re lucky, you may be able to find one at your local Sembikya fruit store for the rock bottom price of $200.
Referred to as “Hatsukoi no kaori” (Scent of First Love), these beautiful strawberries are possessed of a high sugar content and run about $5 each.
Or, you can settle for a box of plump red strawberries from Saga, Japan. Get your friends to chip in and pick up a box for $30.
These $6 bananas weigh in at a hefty 200 grams and come packaged with serial numbers in their own special boxes.
$40 will get you one of these luscious, premium peaches grown in Okayama Prefecture in western Japan (a.k.a. The Land of Sunshine).