When one can spend large sums of cash for toys and other fancy items of life, why not do it for one of the basic needs of man, i.e food? That is exactly what the folks in Japan’s luxury food market seem to be thinking. Just recently, a local fruit seller in the country managed to grab a pair of special Cantaloupe melons for a total of $15,730 at the local auctions. Weighing a total of 3.7 kgs, these special melons are now the 3rd most expensive ever paid for a melon brand, and if looked in retrospect, equates the price of a smaller family car. However, this is not actually a one-off case in Japan’s luxury food market. We have previously seen instances where the most expensive grapes sold for $6,400, and also a watermelon which fetched $4,000 at an auction event.
One of the strangest things about the Cantaloupe Yubari melons is that, unlike elsewhere, the Japanese view it as a status symbol just like some view rare wines and whiskies in similar light. With regards to it’s taste and flavor, not much is known and hence one might just see them being used as decorative pieces. However, these special melons are known to be perfectly spherical in shape, with a patterned and a smooth rind on the exterior. They will be presented in an ornate box, with the T-shaped stalk along with the fruits. But never the less, the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market is where this sale happened, and perhaps in the coming times, we just might see more of these kind of luxury fruits changing hands.
Via: NY Daily