A pair of mangoes sold for a record 400,000 at the first auction of the year Thursday in Miyazaki.
The brand-name pair of mangoes, called "Taiyo no Tamago" (Egg of the Sun), and weighing a total of 1 kilogram, were sold at a wholesale market in Miyazaki to a buyer from a department store in Fukuoka.
According to the Miyazaki Agricultural Economic Federation, the top-of-the-range "Taiyo no Tamago" brand always fetch astronomical prices. Last year's high was 300,000 yen.
To qualify as a "Taiyo no Tamago" mango, each fruit must weigh at least 350 grams and have a high sugar content.
In total, 196 cases containing two mangoes each were auctioned off on Thursday. Shipment of the mangoes will reach their peak from mid-May to early June, the federation said.© Japan Today