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World’s most expensive watermelon sold for US$6,100 (FD$13,000) in Japan

Written by on February 2, 2022

A plant of the Cucurbitaceae family, available in a stunning range of colours and sizes, Densuke watermelons, which produces large fruits up to 8 pounds, smaller than the standard size that is sold in Europe and the United States, but in Japan, they cost much more than their weight.

Japan Densuke Watermelon seeds

They are very rare and every year there are fewer than a hundred. The Densuke watermelon is considered the most expensive watermelon in the world and it can cost a minimum of $250 up to $6,000 each.

The final cost of this fruit reflects the amount of time and dedication to its cultivation space.

densuke water melon

This Japanese watermelon is grown only on the northern island of Hokkaido; its flavour is unsurpassed, with a completely different and much higher level of sweetness, characterized by a very red and crunchy (more or less the same consistency of our watermelons) with very few seeds.

Black Jack Watermelon (Not Treated) | Seedway

It is known for its tough skin that has a very dark shade of green to appear sometimes black and shiny. The Densuke Watermelon is not yet widely grown outside of Japan, but the seeds begin to be commercially available in Europe and America.

For what concerns the amateur cultivation of these watermelons it is necessary to know that, in general, it occupies a considerable amount of space and are, therefore, not readily nestable in many gardens. They also require several months of care and maintenance, making them available for sale in a few pieces per year.

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Even the way it is packaged is particularly compared with the Italian habits: it is presented in an elegant cubic cardboard box with protection to keep it from denting and a certificate of origin is included.

For this reason and because it is a sought after and cultivated fruit with a lot of attention and care, it is considered a precious gift on special occasions, like weddings, various congratulations gender and as a gesture to reciprocate a favour received.

A man in Japan in 2008 bought a nearly black Densuke watermelon for ¥650,000 or $6,125 or FD$13,000.

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