Pair of Yubari Melons Sold for Over R300k at Auction in Japan

Pair of Yubari Melons Sold for Over R300k at Auction in Japan

- Two melons were sold during the first auction of the new season at a market in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido in Japan

- This was 22 times more than the amount made at last year's first auction, which fetched R15 000

- Yubari melons are said to be the same size as cantaloupes and are renowned for their high quality and sweet taste

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Two coveted Yubari melons were sold for a whopping R345 898 at a recent Japanese traditional auction. According to Japan Times, the melons were sold during the first auction of the new season at a market in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido in Japan.

Pair of Yubari Melons Sold at KSh 2.7 Million at Auction in Japan
Yubari melons are known to be a seasonal delicacy in Japan. Image: @ians_india.
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This is said to have been 22 times more than the amount made at last year's first auction, which fetched R15 000, and the drop was blamed on the coronavirus pandemic.

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It was also a huge drop from the previous year (2019) in which R640 000 was collected from the first day's auction.

The fruits are said to be the same size as cantaloupes and are renowned for their high quality and sweet taste.

The harvest for the expensive fruits starts in May and lasts until August. On Monday, May 24, which was the said first day, 466 melons were sold.

Yubari melons are known to be a seasonal delicacy and the first auction is also used to indicate the arrival of early summer.

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They are grown under challenging conditions in winter and are also said to be the region's pride.

Japan Times reports a baby food company bought the pair of melons and will quickly freeze them and send them as gifts to about 10 families with small children who had been selected in a draw.

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