The World's Most Expensive Grapes?

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Described as 'delicious sweet, but at the same time well balanced', these Ruby Roman grapes are being touted in Japan as the 'dream grapes' - with a price tag of almost $910USD for 1.5 lbs or about $30USD per grape, one would expect nothing less!

At least that was what this first batch of a new variety of grapes sold for, at a local market in Japan, on Monday. The buyer was the manager of Kagaya, an upscale Japanese style Bed and Breakfast. He bought it as a treat for his special regular guests who were staying in the most expensive rooms. Each of the special guests received two golf-sized grapes to taste.

The average price paid for the remaining 48 bunches of grapes, while not as high, was still a respectable $245 USD per pound! However, in Japan where fruit sells at a premium, these kinds of prices are not uncommon for first batches of really special fruits.

In this case, the Ruby Roman is a completely new variety of grape that has taken the Japanese farmers almost 14 years to grow and perfect. They are hoping that they will continue to fetch premium prices and maybe someday, they may even be able to export them - and then, we can all try a $30USD grape.

As for what the guests at the Inn thought about these exorbitantly expensive treats - 'not excessively sweet, but fresh, delicious and juicy' - YUM!

Source: CNBC.com, Yahoonews

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  • cutecat6
    cutecat6Monday, March 19, 2018 at 3:37 pm
    Those are really expensive grapes! I've heard of finger grapes, champagne grapes(which is the size of your nail), muscadine grapes, witch finger grapes, and other names.
    • meadowlark12
      meadowlark12Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 2:15 pm
      WOW... That's more expensive than champagne grapes! (Watch Chopped, you'll see 'em eventually)
      • WowTuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:41 pm
        Why do they cost so much.
        • Oob the PenguinSunday, December 13, 2015 at 8:30 am
          Those are some gigantic grapes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • fallinlove
            fallinloveWednesday, May 13, 2015 at 10:05 am
            cool
            • analise
              analiseMonday, November 24, 2014 at 6:11 pm
              Thats so awesome! I would pay, if I had the money, for a grape!
              • #yobroThursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:49 pm
                I would actually like to taste one of those grapes, because I think that it might actually taste very good. Anyway, I like trying new stuff.
                • greekgods123
                  greekgods123Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm
                  i've tasted them and they are sweet and juicy. im japanese so they let me get it for 500yen(aka 5.00 dollars) cause it was on sale
                • AnonymousFriday, November 14, 2014 at 8:06 pm
                  Dude, NO ONE is going to buy that stuff! Get a hint!
                  • animefan3
                    animefan3Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:06 am
                    !Your Japanese!
                    • nikukyu
                      nikukyuFriday, November 14, 2014 at 1:37 am
                      I'm Japanese!
                      • mrsgoldy
                        Mrs. GoldsteinSunday, April 26, 2015 at 7:53 am
                        Cool! My friend is in Japan and she tried these! She said they were really good!