Thursday, June 12, 2014

What's So Special About This Pair Of Mangoes That Was Sold For USD 3,000?

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Posted : 2014
Author : Sadho Ram

The highly-prized mangoes were among a batch of 231 cases containing pairs of the fruit sold at a wholesale market in Miyazaki prefecture.

A pair of mangoes grown in southern Japan were sold for a whopping RM9559 (USD 3,000), a record price for the fruit's first auction of the season. A brand-name pair of mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture fetched ¥300,000 Thursday at the local central wholesale market, setting a record high for the season’s first auction.

Sold under the brand name 'Egg Of The Sun, it's one of the highest quality mangoes and is certified for size and sweetness of the fruit. Mangoes sold under the Taiyo no Tamago (Egg of the Sun) label are selected under strict criteria including weight (each must weigh more than 350 grams) and sugar content, which must be high, according to the Miyazaki Agricultural Economic Federation.

Among the 231 cases, two-mango cases auctioned on the day, the highest priced pair was to be airlifted for sale at a department store in Fukuoka. “Producers had a hard time because of the low temperature this year, but we are happy that the mangoes fetched high prices,” said Yasukazu Matsuda, a member of a local fruit growers association. The wholesaler who placed the record bid said he wanted to uphold the value of the "Egg of the Sun" brand and promote the area of Miyazaki, where the auction took place.

While fruit is routinely expensive in Japan, all is pale in comparison with the USD 25,000 price tag for a pair of cantaloupe melons auctioned in 2008. A pair of Yubari cantaloupes sold at auction in 2008 for a record 2.5 million yen ($24,750) in a sympathetic bid after a financial crisis in the town of Yubari in 2007. The Yubari King is a cantaloupe cultivar farmed in greenhouses in Yūbari, Hokkaidō, a small town close to Sapporo. The Yubari King is a hybrid of two other cantaloupe cultivars: Earl's Favourite and Burpee's "Spicy" Cantaloupe. This hybrid's scientific name is Cucumis melo L. var. reticulatus Naud. cv. Yubari King.

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