One Bunch of Grapes Just Sold for $11,000 in Japan

In a typical U.S. grocery store, a bunch of grapes is probably one of the cheapest snacks money can buy. In Japan, however, a single bunch of grapes just sold at auction for 1.1 million yen — or nearly $11,000.

As the Guardian reports, that’s the equivalent of approximately $350 per grape. These were not the seedless green orbs that populate subpar fruit salads at restaurants across America, however: They’re a prized variety called Ruby Roman, and in Japan they’re apparently considered a status symbol.

Cultivated in the Ishikawa prefecture, Ruby Romans first hit the market in 2008; “to qualify for the Ruby Roman designation, each grape must weigh at least 20g and have a sugar content of at least 18%,” the Guardian explains. The grapes’ purchaser, a buyer for a supermarket in western Japan, says the store intends to give out samples to a few lucky customers.


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