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.

Japan: About Grilled Unagi(Eel)

Grilled unagi is a relatively expensive delicacy in Japan, prized not only for its flavor but also for its legendary stamina-giving properties. It’s traditionally eaten during the hottest part of the summer (on the “Day of the Ox” on the lunar calendar) to provide strength and vitality for the rest of the year. READ MORE