These Are The Most Expensive Grapes You Can Have
Check out the most expensive grapes in the world!
As one of the most expensive fruits in the world, the Ruby Roman grapes are the most expensive.
The grapes have been sold for a record of one million yen, approximately $8,200, or $315 per berry.
The record-setting bunch of 26 Ruby Roman grapes was the highest-priced at the first auction in Kanazawa, smashing the record of $4,000 from last year.
Each of these Japanese berries weights at least 20 grams, and is the size of a ping pong ball, according to the local board of agriculture.
The winner of this year’s Ruby Roman grapes was a head chef of the Nikko Hotel in Kanazawa, Masayuki Hirai.
He told the media that he had been under strict orders, with local tourism chefs eager to buy a new train line to the area.
“With the opening of the Hokuriku shinkansen (bullet train) line, I was told to win the bidding at any cost,” he said.
Japan is known for its expensive fruits, and not only. This year, a pair of Yubari melons from Hokkaido, were sold for a 1.5 million yen.
What makes the grapes so desirable?
The Ruby Roman is a special grape grown and marketed entirely in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It has red color and is about the size of a ping pong ball.
The first Ruby Roman grapes were sold in August 2008 for 100,000 Japanese yen, approx. $910 per 700-gram bunch, or $26 per grape.
Soon their fame grew, and in July 2015, a single bunch of Ruby Roman grapes, containing 26 grapes, were sold for 1 million yen.
But what makes the grapes be so expensive?
It started in 2008, when the Ruby Roman grapes first debuted as a new variety of premium grapes. It got the name via public referendum.
The reason why they are so expensive is pretty simple. Because every grape is checked strictly to guarantee its quality, with certification sales placed on those that are selected, the grapes have strict rules for selling.
For a bunch to be sold, each grape must be over 20g and over 18% sugar.
In addition, a special “premium class” exists which requires the grape to be over 30g and where the entire fruit bunch must weigh at least 700g.
In 2010, only six grapes qualified for premium status while in 2011, no grapes made the cut.