The 10 most expensive fruits in the world
In this article, you can find out about the most exclusive fruits in the world with extraordinary looks and outrageous prices.
The amount of money some people spend on fruit is truly sensational. Several thousand euros is not uncommon. But the fruits are not normal supermarket goods either and are by many considered unique pieces of perfection. In other cultures, such as Japan, these are almost regarded as status symbols, especially if the exclusive fruits are given away. The price of the fruit is not just because of its appearance. The highest demands are also made on taste, especially with regard to sweetness and acidity. We have compiled the top 10 most expensive fruits in the world for you below.
1. Buddha pear
This pear is a real eye-catcher: it has the shape of the sitting Buddha! This special pear comes from China, where a farmer named Hao perfected the shape of the pear by breeding it. According to the belief of some Chinese gourmets, the consuming the fruit grants immortality. We are not quite sure whether immortality can be bought for 9 US dollars but that is the price of this special fruit.
2. Sekai Ichi Apple
If you think that the apple in the picture actually looks quite average, almost like the goods from the local supermarket, we suggest looking at the price tag. This rarity from the north of Japan costs a spectacular 21 US dollars each. The price of the apple hints at its uniqueness. These apples with a weight of up to one kilo are significantly larger and heavier than their ordinary relatives.
This citrus fruit is considered to be the most delicious citrus fruit in the world. Originating from Japan, it has been bred there since 1972 and is exclusively grown there today. The dekopons are larger than normal oranges or mandarins and also have no seeds. A box of Dekopons costs an astonishing 80 US dollars.
4. Sembikiya Queen Strawberry
At the sight of this fruit beauty your mouth is guaranteed to start watering. The perfect shape and colour of this queen of strawberries make it a real delicacy in Japan. A packet of these fruits (with 12 perfect strawberries) costs a proud 85 US dollars.
5. Square watermelon
No, this watermelon isn’t from a cartoon. In Japan, the country of exclusive fruits, these melons grow in square forms. While the melons grow, they acquire the shape of the form. In order to try a piece of the watermelon, you first have to be able to pay for this unique fruit – with 800 US dollars you can also become a proud owner, because since 2014 these fruits have also been exported abroad.
6. Pineapple from the Lost gardens of Heligan
Guess where this exclusive pineapple grows. You probably didn’t have Cornwall in mind, but yes, that is the home of this special pineapple. This is also the only place in Europe where pineapples are grown. The fact that the plant lets such exotic fruits ripen in a not exactly tropical place like in England is allegedly due to the horse urine with which the plants are fertilised. One of these rare fruits is said to cost up to 1,000 US dollars.
7. Taiyo no Tamago Mango
This mango is called the “egg of the sun” in Japanese, because of its shape. This exotic mango also comes from Japan, but is now also bred in the USA. But they only get the original in Japan and you would have to pay 3,000 US dollars per one fruit to experience the exquisite sweetness of this mango.
8. Ruby Roman Grapes
Of course, the most expensive grapes in the world – you guessed it – also comes from Japan. A single grape is almost the size of a ping-pong ball and there are almost 30 of these grapes growing on a vine. Prices vary, in 2011 a bundle of these deluxe grapes was auctioned for over 5,000 euros.
9. Densuke Watermelon
With its weight of twenty-four pounds the Densuke watermelon is very different to conventional watermelons. No more than 10,000 of the fruits are grown in Japan every year. In terms of price, this melon is almost at the top of our ranking – you have to put 6,000 US dollars on the table to get your hands on this watermelon.
10. Yubari King Melon
The most expensive fruit in the world is this melon from Japan. You have to pay an incredible 23,000 US dollars for a single Yubari melon. The fruits are individually cared for as they grow, have a small hat to protect them from the sun and are even massaged daily. Whether this is still normal is probably up to everyone to decide for themselves.