The watermelon business in Japan

Last Friday, June 6, a watermelon was sold in Japan for a whopping 4000 euros. And what made this watermelon so special?

The reasons that make it so expensive and that it will be paid so much in the auction were that it was the first of the season, a first collection of 65, and an expected annual collection of 9000 units. Another reason is the variety to which it belongs, which is Densuke, a type of watermelon that grows only on Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido.

His weight was also a key factor since he was close to 8 kilos, that is, 500 euros per kilo of watermelon and her skin color, a perfect black. Its flavor, which is not similar to that of any other variety of watermelon but I do not think it is very different from the rest of the collection.

We can think that the man who bought it is crazy, but hey, if we consider that in Japan melons and watermelons are considered luxury items and that a month ago in another auction a couple of Yubari melons had been sold for 15,000 euros ... within normality or so it seems.

Well just say that the rest of watermelons of this variety that will be sold for about 150 or 250 euros, a little expensive to my liking, but more affordable.

Via | The Guardian Directly to the Paladar | Now the watermelons are square !!

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