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Highest-priced grapes to treat Japanese wedding pairs

Bridal couples at a Japanese wedding hall will have a special treat at their banquet: a bunch of fresh, juicy grapes that cost a record R58 000.

A wedding hall operator had bought the Ruby Roman grapes at auction for ¥550 000 (about R58 000) at the weekend, the first day of the buying season in Ishikawa prefecture, central Japan, local media reported.

The bunch of about 30 grapes weighed some 800g, Japanese public broadcaster NHK said, adding that the red-skin grapes could be as big as 3cm in diameter.

The top notch grapes, costing about R1 900 a pop, will be served at the wedding hall in Kanazawa, central Ishikawa.

“I was surprised to see a higher price than I had originally imagined, but I would like bridal couples to savour them and have a great memory,” the hall owner was quoted by NHK as saying.

About 30 bunches of the Ruby Romans were auctioned at the weekend.

Some 16 000 bunches are set to be sold this season only in Ishikawa, which put the grape on the market in 2008. Then, the first bunch of Ruby Roman grapes fetched ¥100 000.

Japanese often present top-quality fruits such as melons as gifts. The first batches of carefully grown fruit often fetch extraordinary prices, making headlines in newspapers. – Sapa-AFP

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