Friday, June 6, 2008

$6,100.00 For A Watermelon!!!

I was reading Yahoo news this morning and came across this article.

TOKYO - A jumbo black watermelon auctioned in Japan on Friday fetched a record $6,100 making it one of the most expensive watermelons ever sold in the country.

In a society where melons are a luxury item commonly given as gifts, the watermelon's hefty price tag followed another jaw-dropping auction last month, when a pair of "Yubari" cantaloupe melons sold for a record $23,500.

The 17-pound, black-skinned "Densuke" watermelon, a variety grown only on the northern island of Hokkaido, was purchased Friday by a marine products dealer who said he wanted to support local agriculture, according to Kyodo News agency.

The price was the highest on record for a Densuke watermelon, said Kazuyoshi Ohira, a spokesman for the Tohma Agricultural Cooperative in Hokkaido. Most retail at department stores and supermarkets for a more modest $188 to $283, Ohira said.

And what makes a watermelon worth $200, much less $6,000?

Ohira says it's the unusual black skin and unparalleled taste. "It's a watermelon, but it's not the same," he said.

(News and photo from Associated Press)

Even if I am a millionaire there is no way I am going to pay that kind of money for a watermelon!!


Lil' Ms Pinky said...

That's absurd!!! I'd rather dye the local melons here black, than to spend that amount of money on that black melon. :)

Salt & Turmeric said...

so stupid. reminds me of my conversation w my cousin earlier today. apparently in starhill, there's a faber castell shop (u kno the pencil, pen and etc?) and theres a set of color pencil in mahogany wooden box tht cost RM1600and the worst thing is, somebody actually bot it!

I Cook4Fun said...

Pinky, some people are just plain crazy and had too much money to waste :)

Farina, I know that set of color pencil :) I used to do Faber Castell media campaign. It's expensive because of the box. I pun ada satu set pen and mechanical pencil with the box. Of course I beli at a cheaper price :)