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Buyers better savour these mangoes

Tokyo -

A pair of mangoes grown in southern Japan sold on Thursday for a whopping 300 000 yen ($3 000), a record price for the fruit's first auction of the season, Kyodo News reported.

File picture: Debbie Yazbek. Credit: Independent Newspapers

The “Taiyo no Tamago” (Egg of the Sun) branded mangoes were set to be airlifted from Miyazaki in the far south of the country to a department store in Fukuoka, where they were to go on sale, the agency said.

To qualify as a “Taiyo no Tamago” mango, each fruit must weigh at least 350g and have a high sugar content, according to the Miyazaki Agricultural Economic Federation.

Fruit is routinely expensive in Japan and it is not unusual for a single apple to cost upwards of $3, while a presentation pack of 20 cherries can set you back $100.

However, all pale in comparison with the eye-watering $25 000 price tag for a pair of cantaloupe melons auctioned in 2008. - Sapa-AFP

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