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Thursday, Apr 10, 2014

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Pair of Japanese mangoes fetch $3,700 at auction

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014

TOKYO - A pair of mangoes grown in southern Japan sold Thursday for a whopping 300,000 yen (S$3,700), a record price for the fruit's first auction of the season, Kyodo News reported.

The "Taiyo no Tamago" (Egg of the Sun)-brand mangoes were set to be airlifted from Miyazaki in the far south of the country to a department store in Fukuoka, where they were to go on sale, the agency said.

To qualify as a "Taiyo no Tamago" mango, each fruit must weigh at least 350 grammes (12 oz) and have a high sugar content, according to the Miyazaki Agricultural Economic Federation.

Fruit is routinely expensive in Japan and it is not unusual for a single apple to cost upwards of US$3 (S$3.75), while a presentation pack of 20 cherries can set you back US$100.

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