Updated: 04/10/2014 17:30 | By Agence France-Presse

Pair of Japanese mangoes fetch $3,000 at auction

A pair of mangoes grown in southern Japan sold Thursday for a whopping 300,000 yen ($3,000), a record price for the fruit's first auction of the season, Kyodo News reported.


Pair of Japanese mangoes fetch $3,000 at auction

Mangoes for sale at a market in Cartago, Costa Rica, on March 13, 2010 - by Yuri Cortez

The "Taiyo no Tamago" (Egg of the Sun)-brand mangoes were set to be airlifted from Miyazaki in the far south of the country to a department store in Fukuoka, where they were to go on sale, the agency said.

To qualify as a "Taiyo no Tamago" mango, each fruit must weigh at least 350 grammes (12 oz) and have a high sugar content, according to the Miyazaki Agricultural Economic Federation.

Fruit is routinely expensive in Japan and it is not unusual for a single apple to cost upwards of $3, while a presentation pack of 20 cherries can set you back $100.

However, all pale in comparison with the eye-watering $25,000 price tag for a pair of cantaloupe melons auctioned in 2008.

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