A jumbo sized Densuke black skinned watermelon weighing 17 pounds was auctioned in Japan on Friday for a record sale of 650,000 yen which is $6,100, making it one of the most expensive watermelons ever sold in the history of Japan. The black watermelon, Densuke is grown only in the northern island of Hokkaido. It was purchased on Friday by a marine products dealer who said he wanted to support local agriculture, according to Kyodo News agency. In Japan, melons are considered a luxury food item given as gifts or token of respect. Black Densuke watermelons have black shiny skin, the inside is sweet, red, hard and crisp.
Normally, black Densuke watermelons are sold for $ 188 to $ 283 at retail department stores. So why was this particular one worth $ 6,100? "It's a watermelon, but it's not the same; it has a different level of sweetness and unparalleled taste," said Kazuyoshi Ohira, a spokesman for the Tohma Agricultural Cooperative in Hokkaido.
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