Top-notch Japanese grapes fetch a record $5,400: reports

AFP-JIJI

A bridal couple at a wedding venue in Ishikawa Prefecture will have a special treat at their banquet: a bunch of fresh, juicy grapes that cost a record $5,400.

A wedding hall operator bought the Ruby Roman grapes at auction for a whopping ¥550,000 ($5,400) on Saturday, the first day of the buying season in the prefecture, local media said.

The bunch of around 30 grapes weighed some 800 grams (28 ounces), and individual grapes can reach 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) in diameter, according to public broadcaster NHK.

The top-notch grapes — costing around $180 a pop — will be served at the wedding hall in the city of Kanazawa in Ishikawa.

“I was surprised to see a higher price than I had originally imagined, but I would like bridal couples to savor them and have a special memory” of the occasion, NHK reported the hall owner as saying.

Around 30 bunches of the Ruby Romans were auctioned Saturday. Some 16,000 bunches are set to be sold this season in Ishikawa, which first put the grapes on the market in 2008.

The first bunch reportedly went for ¥100,000 ($980).

  • Ohmy Shrunkenhead

    Are they grown in gold dust?

  • tesmith47

    conspicuous consumption does not make you aa more highly regarded nation or person