A single bunch of Ruby Romans, the titan of Japanese grapes, on Friday sold for JPY 500,000 or about USD 6,400 or in more remarkable terms, that means each grape is worth about JPY 20,000 (about USD 260).
The Ruby Roman grape is a variety of table grape invented by the minds of the Japanese people for maximum expense and marketed in Japan. It is red in color and about the size of a ping pong ball. The first Ruby Roman grapes went on sale in August 2008 for JPY 100,000 about USD 910 per 700 gram bunch, or USD 26 per grape. They are said to be the most expensive variety of grapes.
A grape only gets the honor of being distinguished as a Ruby Roman if it meets certain qualifications. Each grape must weigh at least 20 grams, sugar content must exceed 18% and the coloring should resemble a cherry tomato-red hue.
And there are elite ranks as well that help determine price points. The least expensive bunch and deemed standard, weighing about 450 grams, sold for JPY 25,000.00 on Friday. The 600 gram bunch that grabbed the record price was designated as “special class.” But that’s not the highest-ranking level. That is the “premium class,” where each grape must weigh at least 30 grams and the bunch overall weighs a minimum 700 grams, the equivalent of about 15 golf balls. None of the grapes have made the cut so far this year and there were just six in the 2010 harvest.
Source Japan Realtime