This is melon we are talking about here. Two melons which were grown in a prized region in Japan have been sold for a record-breaking $30,000. The sale was made at a wholesale market’s fruit auction.
These now special melons were grown in Yubari, Hokkaido, sold for $29,436.80 at the Sapporo market. This bettered the $13,798.50 fetched by a pair of melons sold at the auction last year and the $27,597 record set in 2016.
Shinya Noda, the winning bidder and president of fruit and vegetable packaging company Hokuyu Pack, told the Mainichi Shimbun that he wanted to make a large gesture to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his company. According to him, “I wanted to make a record-setting bid by all means.”
But Noda is not taking the melons home immediately. He said the melons will go on display until the end of the month, when they will be cut up and distributed as free samples to market customers.
A total of 507 melons from Yubari were auctioned Saturday, the city’s agricultural cooperative said.