Giant Grapes Sell for Nearly $11,000 at Japanese Auction
In a nation where fruit is a luxury item, a recent auction in Japan saw 30 Ruby Roman grapes sell for $10,900 or roughly $360 per grape. Known for their sweetness (each grape must have a sugar content of at least 18 percent), Ruby Romans are the size of ping-pong balls and are grown exclusively in eastern Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture. Melons and apples are just as lavishly priced and serve as status symbols, often as high-status gifts or displayed in stores to boost the perceived worth of the shop. The winning bid was placed by a supermarket owner who plans to give away samples of the fruit after displaying it.