The World’s Most Expensive Fruits
Many people consider fruits a luxury. This is because of how quickly they expire and the fact that they are seasonal. Sometimes, the location they come from is what leads to the high price tag. For example, a pack of imported lemons can retail at around Sh400 per kg. However, there are fruits that cross just being slightly expensive and go into ridiculous territories. From grapes that cost thousands of dollars and Sh8000 oranges, here are the world’s most expensive fruits:
Yubari King Melons
Fruits are a luxury in Japan. They are often treated as revered gifts to be left to the gods or gifted to VIPs. However, the hybrid, orange-fleshed melon is highly prized for its sweetness. It is grown in greenhouses in the city of Yubari in Hokkaido, Northern Japan. Some Yubari king melons once sold at auction for Sh2.4 million making them the most expensive fruits ever bought.
Price: From Sh311 million
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans’ legendary restaurant, Arnauds offers this luxurious dessert for a whopping Sh300m. The strawberries are specially prepared by soaking in an a wine that goes for Sh2.5m a bottle. A 7 carat diamond ring is served with the dessert. Without the diamonds and the wine, the dessert goes for a more reasonable Sh900.
Ruby Roman Grapes
Ruby Roman is a variety of table grape grown in the Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It is red in colour and slightly bigger than regular grapes. The first grapes went on sale in 2008 for Sh95,000. One grape goes for about Sh2700. They are the most expensive grapes in the world.
Price: Sh2200 per apple
These apples are considered the best in the world. In fact, sekai-ichi translates to “best in the world”. The apples are washed with honey and branded by hand to make sure they are entirely free of blemishes. The orchards in which they are grown have farmers who pollinate the apple’s flowers by hand.
Lost Gardens of Heligan Pineapples
Location: Cornwall, England
These are the world’s most expensive pineapples. The pineapples take two years to grow. They require tropical weather and get extra care to grow in England’s harsher, colder climate. The fruit is never sold at market because of the labour-intensive work that goes into growing it. The fruits are given to the Gardens’ staff to thank them for their hard work over the pineapple’s life span. James Stephens, a Lost Gardens spokesman, told the Telegraph that they taste “deliciously sweet, not stringy, and with an explosive flavour.”