TOKYO – A pair of mangoes grown in the Miyazaki district in southwestern Japan sold on Monday for a record 300,000 yen ($2,490) at the first mango auction of the season, Japan’s Kyodo agency reported.
The two mangoes, of the “Taiyo no tamago” (Egg of the Sun) variety, are highly prized based on selective criteria including weight, each should weigh more than 350 grams (12 ounces), and high sugar content.
The local agriculture cooperative anticipates production of the prized fruits to reach 1,010 tons.
Agricultural products are traditionally auctioned in Japan at the start of the season, while the novelty of having the first crop results in exorbitant prices and purchases surrounded by fanfare and huge profits.
Another famous auction in Hokkaido, held in June, is known for the season’s first “densuke” crop, a variety black watermelons prized its black, shiny skin, for which people are also willing to pay high prices.