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Monday, 7 July 2014
A bunch of grapes was sold at auction for 550.000Y ( $5,400 )!
A Japanese farmer displays a cluster of “Ruby Roman” grapes in Ishikawa prefecture
Couples at a Japanese wedding hall will have a special treat at their
banquet: a bunch of fresh, juicy grapes that cost a record $5,400.
A wedding hall operator bought the Ruby Roman grapes at
auction for 550,000 yen ($5,400) on Saturday, the first day of the
buying season in Ishikawa prefecture, central Japan, local media
The Japanese often present top-quality
fruits such as melons as gifts. The first batches of carefully grown
fruit often fetch extraordinary prices, making headlines in newspapers.
bunch of around 30 grapes weighed some 800 grammes, Japan’s public
broadcaster NHK said, adding that the red-skin grape can be as big as
three centimetres in diameter.
The top notch grapes — costing around $180 a pop — will be served at the wedding hall in Kanazawa, central Ishikawa.
30 bunches of the Ruby Romans were auctioned on Saturday. Some 16,000
bunches are set to be sold this season only in Ishikawa, which put the
grape on the market in 2008. Then, the first bunch of Ruby Roman grapes
fetched 100,000 yen.