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1. Strawberries Arnaud
The Price is : $1.4 million
A bowl of strawberries garnished with a 4.7-carat pink diamond ring for $1.4 million. That’s exactly what’s served at the 96-year old Arnaud’s restaurant in New Orleans French quarter. Of course, you don’t just get the strawberries and the ring for your money—there’s a jazz ensemble, too.
2. Northern Territory Mangos
The Price is : $50,000
In 2012, a tray of 12 Northern Territory mangos sold for $50,000 at an auction in Sydney. The proceeds went to the Prostate Council Foundation of Australia, the Cancer Council of NSW, and OzHarvest. Australia produces a lot of mangoes—7.2 million trays in 2013/2014. so the fruit’s sky-high price tag was most likely for charity’s sake.
3. Ruby Roman Grapes
The Price is : $6,400
The world’s most expensive grapes were sold at an auction in 2011 in Kanazawa, Japan. Each grape was about the size of a ping-pong ball, and, since there were 25 in the bunch, cost about $255. To be sold, the grapes must have a sugar content of around 18 percent and weigh 20 grams each.
4. Pineapple of Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Price is : $1,600
The Lost Gardens of Heligan grows these pineapples for two years under straw, manure, and horse urine, that allow the pineapples to flourish in England’s colder climate. Because of the intensive time and labor required to grow the pineapples, the fruit is never sold at market. Instead, the pineapples are given to garden staff to “thank them for their hard work over the pineapples life span,” the Lost Gardens of Heligan tells the Huffington Post.
5. Densuke Watermelon
The Price is $121.
Sold at Sembikiya flagship store in Tokyo and throughout Japan, the black-skinned, stripeless Densuke watermelon is reported to have a special type of sweetness. Grown exclusively on Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, only 100 Densuke are farmed each year. The most expensive one ever sold was a whopping 17 pounds and went for $6,100 at an auction in 2008, making it the priciest watermelon in the world.
6. Yubari King Melons
The Price is $225 for two
The price above is actually the deal of a lifetime, seeing as a pair of Yubari King Melons once went for $23,500 (making them the most expensive fruits in the world). Another product of the island of Hokkaido, the hybrid, orange-fleshed melon is highly prized for its sweetness, and, as Gourmet writes, “beautiful proportions.” The melons are grown in greenhouses and even given “hats” to prevent sunburn.
The Price is : $79 for 6
A hybrid of a mandarin and an orange, the Dekopon is rumored to be the most delicious citrus in the world. It looks like an orange, with the exception of a bump on the top, but is larger and sweeter. Until 2011, the Dekopon was available only in Japan. The LA Times writes that the seedless fruit has “a flesh that feels firm at the first bite but then melts in the mouth.”
8. Sekai-ichi Apple
The Price is $21.
Translating to “the best in the world,” Sekai-ichi are washed with honey and branded by hand to ensure they’re blemish free. The orchards where they’re grown are pollinated by hand using a tiny wand—treatments not uncommon in Japan’s fruit-obsessed culture.