Two high-end persimmons that were harvested from central Japan were recently sold during the season’s first auction for the whopping price of 540,000 yen (roughly U.S. $4,735).
These persimmons, which had been cultivated by the Gifu prefectural government for over 10 years through selective breeding, were sold on October 26 at a local market, according to the Japan Times.
The reason for the exorbitant price tag? The sugar quantity — a local agriculture cooperative explained that these persimmons are crispy contained at least an 18% sugar content, unlike others which only have a 16% sugar content.
“The weather was not very good this year, but farmers’ efforts made the persimmons very sweet,” an official said.
The Gifu prefectural government began selling these high-end persimmons last year, where a pair was auctioned for 324,000 yen (roughly U.S. $2,840).
These deluxe persimmons, along with others from the same harvest featuring a sugar content greater than 25%, are now being sold at Matsuzakaya department store chain in Nagoya, Japan. At least 2,000 fruits are expected to be shipped to hungry customers starting early November.
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