1017 GMT July 24, 2021
1. An egg of the sun, India
Orchardist couple Rani and Sankalp Parihar deployed four guards and six dogs to protect the rare mangoes they'd grown and those that cost Rs 2.7 lakh per kilo. The couple has currently cultivated seven mangoes, which are rarely grown in India and are also known as an egg of the sun.
As per reports, Sankalp Parihar was given some mango saplings by a man while traveling on a train to Chennai. The couple planted two of the saplings in their orchard, but little did they know that the saplings would grow to bear the world's most expensive mangoes.
2. Buddha-shaped pear
Buddha-shaped pear is one of the most expensive fruits that costs $9 (Rs 665, approximately) for one small pear. According to some reports, this idea of cultivating Buddha statue-shaped pears was conceived by Xianzhang Hao who created these little pears in his farm in the Hebei Province of China. The process of growing these pears differ from the naturally growing pears as they are grown in moulds which give them a Buddha statue shape.
3. Cubed watermelon
Summers are here and it is impossible to imagine this season without watermelons. But would you like to spend around Rs 60,000 for 5 kg of watermelon? Cubed or square watermelons are one of the costliest fruits in the world. The average weight of a watermelon is 5 kg. That is, a kilo of watermelon costs around Rs 12,000. These watermelons get their unique shape from having been grown inside square boxes.
4. Sekai Ichi apples
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is a common proverb we all know about. But when we talk about the Sekai Ichi apple, it’s really out of the ordinary. One single Sekai Ichi apple can cost about Rs 1,588 that's around $21 for a 907 gram apple.
5. Ruby Roman grapes
Now, let’s take a look at the world’s most expensive grapes. It is worth mentioning that these grapes are also grown in Japan. The name of this special grape is Ruby Roman grapes. According to some reports, in 2020 a bunch of 24 grapes of this particular variety of grapes were sold for about Rs 7.5 lakh.
6. Taiyo no Tamago mangoes
The love for this fruit is beyond words and that’s why it’s known as the 'king of fruits' for its amazing sweet-tangy taste. Taiyo no Tamago mangoes are one of the best and most exorbitantly priced mangoes around the world. Yes, Rs 2,26,837 for two mangoes.
7. Sembikiya Queen strawberries
A pack of 12 Sembikiya Queen strawberries are priced at $85 around Rs 6,427, but what makes these strawberries different from the usual ones is their colour, taste, texture and shape.
8. Yubari King melon
Yubri melon from Japan is the most expensive fruit in the world. These melons are especially grown in the Yubari Region of Japan. Two of these Yubari muskmelons set a record price in 2019 when they were auctioned for $45,000 (roughly Rs 33,00,000).
9. Dekopon oranges
Dekopon is a seedless and sweet variety of mandarin oranges. It is a hybrid between Kiyomi and Ponkan, developed in Japan in 1972. A cross between a mandarin and an orange, the dekopon is the priciest and apparently tastiest member of the citrus family. The cost for six is estimated to be around $80 (around Rs 6,000).
10. Heligan pineapples
These pineapples can be grown only in the lost Garden of Heligan in the UK. The Lost Gardens of Heligan reckon the pineapples would be worth £1,000 (around Rs 1,00,000) each if they took into account the hours of work that have gone into growing them. According to BBC, Horticulturalists have put seven years and thousands of hours into growing pineapples in a Victorian greenhouse.
11. Densuke watermelons
This black, spotless watermelon grows only on the island of Hokkaid in Japan. Well, this is available in the Sembikiya flagship store in Tokyo. Each watermelon weighs almost 11 kg and has unique sweetness, flavor and taste.
Densuke watermelons sell at auctions in Japan for exorbitant prices. Those big prices are only paid for the first few lots of the annual crop yield. A 2014 crop, however, broke all records, selling for a cool $6,000 (around Rs 4.4 lakh) per fruit.