2023 Author: Cody Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 11:20
A bunch of grapes it is auctioned and no one has anything to complain about. Despite the considerable price per kilo, this does not happen in Italy but in Japan, where yesterday the owner of the Kurashi Kaientai supermarket in Kobe was awarded what is currently the most expensive bunch of grapes in the world for the hefty sum of 1 million. and 100 yen, which at the exchange rate is roughly 9,000 euros.
Like us, you may wonder why a bunch of grapes should be worth so much.
First of all, because it belongs to the Ruby Roman variety, a red berried grape, cultivated for 14 years in the Ishikawa area and famous for having grains as big as ping pong balls, literally. It has a very high sugar content, over 18%, and the clusters are not sold until each grape weighs at least 20 grams.
The bunch sold at auction counts 30 berries and, making a quick calculation, each grape costs about 317 euros.
In Japan, there is a widespread trend of buying fruit 'for display', considered an ornament comparable to a work of art: in 2008 the same supermarket bought two melons at the Sapporo auction for about 26 thousand euros.
The owner intends to put his trophy 'on display' inside the supermarket, and then offer free samples that allow customers to know what it tastes like.
And you, curious?