Most Expensive Foods: Japan’s Densuke Watermelons

 

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When asked to describe a watermelon, one might use the colors red, white, green, or pink. How about black? The Densuke watermelon is a Japanese favorite and differs from its traditional (and less expensive) cousin in its rich black coloring.

Only grown on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, Densuke watermelons are known for their dark, flawless skin and sweet, crisp flesh. An absolute rarity, the first 100 of the initial harvesting season usually sell for hefty prices (Be prepared to spend $4000-$6000). Square shaped Densukes are even more expensive than their bowling ball counterparts. Only about 10,000 of the generally heavy fruits are harvested annually.

Find out more about the Densuke and the many other colorful watermelon varieties here.

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