If you’ve spent any time wandering around the grocery store, you know that some fruits are much more expensive than others. What makes some fruits so expensive? Here are some of the most expensive fruits in the world.

Cubed watermelon

It is believed that cube watermelons were first invented in 1978 by Tomoyuki Ono, who was a graphic designer at the time. Tomoyuki showcased his unique watermelons in a Tokyo gallery before patenting his idea in the United States. You might be wondering, why would anyone need a cube shaped watermelon? Companies have started growing these watermelons for several reasons. For starters, many people have had to downsize due to rising electricity costs, and these square watermelons can easily be stacked under or on top of something else in a small refrigerator. In their home country of Japan, being space smart is really important. The shape of these watermelons also allows them to be easily stacked for transport. In addition, these watermelons were cultivated for their ornamental value. In Japan, many people present these unusual cubic watermelons in their restaurants and homes for others to observe.  In a Japanese supermarket you can purchase a unique cube watermelon for a pricey $125.00 USD. Often you can find them cheaper if you shop around, although due to the popularity of these prize fruits, generally they sit around the $100.00 USD mark.

Buddha Shaped Pears

Pears molded to form a lucky Buddha have become extremely popular in China and Vietnam. The “baby pear,” which was created by a Chinese farmer in 2009, bears the character “Fu” (blessing) and is considered “the god of the pear of fortune”. To grow the pears into shape, the farmer would put the pears when they were small in the molds, and when they took up space inside the crate, he removed the mold, letting the fruit grow further. Xianzhang, who valued the 10,000 pears he grew in his garden at $ 8 per fruit, added that he was inspired by an old Chinese myth about a magical Buddha-shaped fruit, which claimed to give l ‘immortality. On Taobao – a Chinese website similar to eBay for online shopping – 1lbs of baby pears sells for 90 Yuan (around £9). And on Alibaba, China’s global shopping site, they are sold in sets starting at around £3.50, though it is unclear how much weight is in a set.

Pineapples of the lost gardens of Heligan

Horticulturists have spent seven years and thousands of hours growing pineapples in a Victorian greenhouse. The Lost Gardens of Heligan estimates that pineapples are worth £ 1,000 each if they take into account the hours of labor spent growing them. Traditionally, pineapples were reserved for the nobility of the estate and the gardeners who planted and tended them would never have had the opportunity to taste the fruits of their labor. The pineapples we grow today are shared among all those who made this moment so special; the carpenter who fixed the pits, the painter who keeps them so white and every gardener so they watered, planted or moved manure. Everyone left the Melon Yard with sticky figures and smiles on their faces, waiting for the next pineapple treat.

“This is the first Smooth Cayenne pineapple to fruit at Heligan in over two years. Traditionally there were two different types grown by the Victorians each with different fruiting times, that way they could produce fruit all year around. The Smooth Cayenne variety is supposed to fruit during the months of November through to March and the Jamaican Queen then fruits for the remainder of the months, however it’s currently June so they don’t seem to be following the schedule!” “It was a momentous occasion for the team who were each treated to a small piece of lusciously juicy and deliciously tropical tasting fruit, just as you would have in the tropics! After these years of hard work, it is almost sad to crop the fruit, however we take the crown and replant it letting the pineapple live on to another harvest.” Dina, Productive Garden Team

Ruby Roman Grapes

Ruby Red grapes were developed in Ishikawa and first hit the market in 2008. They have been extremely popular ever since, with only a number sold to keep demand and exclusivity levels high. Around 26,000 will be sold this year, but not all will go for the record prices seen at the Kanazawa auction. Expensive fruits, prized for their appearance and taste, are a key luxury item in Japan, purchased as gifts or for promotional purposes by companies. Ruby Roman grapes are known for being really juicy with low acidity and have high sugar content. These red coloured grapes, that look like tiny ping-pong balls, were launched in the market in 2008, according to Insider and is grown and sold exclusively in the Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan. These grapes are highly popular and sold only in limited numbers. Each grape weigh more than 20 grams. According to a report in Insider, in 2019 a bunch of 24 Ruby Roman grapes were sold for $11,000 (over Rs. 8 lakh as per current conversion rate) at an auction in the Japanese city of Kanazawa. This means that one grape was priced at approximately $458 (Rs. 35,000 approximately).

Taiyo no Tamago Mangoes

Known as “The Egg of the Sun” or taiyo no tamago in Japanese, this variety of mango grown in Japan’s Miyako prefecture is the world’s pricest mango. The lavish price is in part due to the incomparable sweetness of the mango, with a hint of pineapple and coconut. Japanese farmers have been able to produce this rare and coveted fruit flavor through careful monitoring of its growing conditions. For example, the crop is surrounded by a small net that allows sunlight to reach the skin evenly to give it its perfectly round shape and ruby ​​red color, which of course adds to its great value. There is also a protective pad on the ground when the fruits fall from the tree to prevent malformations. This year’s result topped the record high of ¥400,000 (US$3,600). This year’s winners were a local produce wholesale company who will sell the mangoes at a department store in Fukuoka, the largest city within the Kyushu region located in Miyazaki Prefecture.

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