A bunch of 24 grapes of ‘Ruby Roman’ variety was sold for over ₹7.5 lac (1.2 million yen) at an auction in Japan on Tuesday. The grapes of this variety are known for being extremely juicy, with little acidity, high sugar content & each grape weighs over 20 grams. A 45-yr-old manager of Japanese hot spring inns bought the bunch.
Kanazawa, Japan: A bunch of red grapes was sold for a whopping price of 1.2 million yen (Rs 7,55,000 approximately) at an auction in Japan on Tuesday.
The “Ruby Roman” variety of the grape is known for being extremely juicy with little acidity & high sugar content. The breed which was developed by the Ishikawa prefectural government came to the market 12 years ago. Each grape of the breed weighs more than 20 gram.
A company named Hyakurakuso bought the bunch of grapes through a wholesaler who bid at the central whole market in Kanazawa.
The auctioneers said that it is the most expensive bunch since the grape breed came to the market. The grapes have been very popular with only a few being sold to keep its demand & exclusivity levels high.
“We offered 1.2 million yen to mark the 12 years (since the grape came on the market) & to celebrate Reiwa’s first auction,” said Takashi Hosokawa, 45, a manager of a Japanese inn operated by Hyakurakuso.
“We would like to convey to our customers our exhilaration when we held the (box of) grapes,” Hosokawa added.
The worries about the grapes’ quality due to bad weather at the end of June were dissipated as temperatures began to rise from the beginning of July.
According to JA Zennoh Ishikawa, a farming cooperative, it is expected that 26,000 bunches of ruby Roman will be shipped by September end.
Expensive fruits which are a luxury good in Japan are bought either as gifts or for promotional purposes by businesses.