Pair of Melons Sells for $17,500 in Japan

A lovely pair of melons was auctioned off last Friday in Japan. They're Yubari melons, which are considered to be the finest available in that country:

In a country where a single apple can cost more than $5 and a presentation pack of 20 cherries sells for over $100, Japanese shoppers are used to paying high prices for their fruit.

But the eye-watering figures paid at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in northern Hokkaido reflect buyers' desire for prestige.

Yubari melons are considered a status symbol in Japan like a fine wine, with many buyers presenting them as a gift to friends and colleagues.

Link -via Foodbeast

(Photo: Captain76)

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I Don't care how rich you are, nobody should be paying that much for melons when fellow humans are hungry. I wish Neatorama would ignore attention getters.
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I think it is worth pointing out that while the 100 dollar cherries or 30-100 dollar melons and the sort are not entirely uncommon here in Japan, that more reasonably priced fruit is also available. And also, while ridiculously high priced fruit auctions like this hit the news every once in a while, these prices are more about giving rich CEOs and the sort a chance to flaunt their riches around in public than about the desire to eat delicious fruit.
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