Yubari King Melon: up to $45,000
The Snow Festival is not the only thing that Hokkaido is famous for. In Yubari, Hokkaido, you can find one of the most expensive fruits and the priciest melon in the world called Yubari King Melon. It is a type of cantaloupe and became famous for its high sugar content. Bokksu also introduced Yubari Melon Pure Jelly a few years ago in the Natsubate box. All over Japan, melons are a serious business, from the Crown Melons of Shizuoka Prefecture to the Higo Green Melons grown in Kumamoto Prefecture. Only one type can call itself “king,” and that’s the Yubari King—the ultimate luxury fruit! A top-grade Yubari King Melon has to be perfectly round and have no scars on the rind, and the first harvested pair of perfect Yubari King Melons have been sold for record-breaking prices. In a 2019 auction, a pair was sold for ¥5 million, that’s about $45,000 USD. Japanese people believe that the first harvest of the best quality fruit brings luck to them so they’re the most sought after. Japanese people are so enthusiastic about melon, they also have buns that taste like melon! Check out Natural Yeast Bread: Melon on our website.