Everyone in the world eats fruit, even millions of animals, insects and birds. Even though fruit just grows for free on many plants, humans have found a special value in certain fruits. One of these fruits even makes it onto our most expensive food list.These are the Most Expensive Fruits In The World:
Most Expensive Fruits In The World
8. BUDDHA-SHAPED PEARS -$33 each
The Buddha-shaped pear is, perhaps, the most unique-looking fruit on Earth. Right down to the facial details, these pears look exactly like little Buddha figurines. Since the dawn of agriculture, humans have been experimenting with their fruits and vegetables.
7. SEKAI ICHI APPLES – $21 each
In English, “Sekai Ichi” means “World’s Number One.” Sekai Ichi apples originated in Morioka, Japan in 1974, and are still primarily grown in Japan. They are round in shape and are one of the largest apples in the world, weighing up to two pounds each, and are a cross between Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apples.
6. BIJIN-HIME STRAWBERRIES – $4,395 each
Luxury fruit is popular in Japan because it connotes social status and is tied to cultural practices. In an interview with CNN, Soyeon Shim, author of ‘Customer Service Excellence 2004‘ and dean of the School for Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explained that fruit plays an important role in Japanese gift-giving practices. It’s only natural, then, that Japan is home to some of the world’s most expensive luxury fruits.
5. DENSUKE WATERMELON – $6,100
The ultra-rare Densuke watermelon is black-skinned and stripeless, and its flesh is known for being sweeter than other watermelon varieties. They are grown on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido. Only 100 are produced annually.
4. RUBY ROMAN GRAPES – $8,400 per bunch
Ruby Roman grapes are grown exclusively in Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture. Each grape is around the size of a ping pong ball and has a distinctive red shade. There are strict rules for selling the Ruby Roman grape. Each grape is inspected, and must weigh at least 20 kg and have a sugar content of 18 percent or more.
3. SATO-NISHIKI CHERRIES – $5,621 per kg
These bauble-shaped, shiny cherries are primarily cultivated in the Yamagata Prefecture of Japan, where 70 percent of the nation’s cherries are grown. When fully ripe, these small cherries are bright red. They’re in season during early summer and are carefully sorted and grated, like all Japanese fruit.
2. DEKOPON – $80 for 6
The dekopon is a hybrid between a mandarin and an orange, and it’s rumored to be the most delectable citrus fruit on Earth. It looks like an orange, but is larger and sweeter, and has a bump on the top.
1. LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN PINEAPPLE – $1299.50 each
In the county of Cornwall in southwestern England, there’s the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a set of botanical gardens where pineapples are grown far outside of their traditional environment.