Japanese "Egg of the Sun" Mangos Sell for Over $3,000
JAPAN - "Egg of the Sun" might sound like the object of a quest by the Lord of the Rings troop, but it’s actually the coveted name given to a mango variety that just racked up a record-breaking $3,744 at wholesale auction.
Taiyo no Tamago are grown in the Miyazaki prefecture of Japan, according to news source Atlas Obscura, and sold throughout the country, usually for upwards of $50 but not necessarily priced in the thousands.
While we may not be used to mango prices charting the price of a thorough trip to Europe, this isn’t the first time beautiful fruit has made the news for decadant prices at Japanese auction—a few that come to mind are the prized Yubari melons, grapes imported and sold for over $200 a box, and even a luxurious parlor in Tokyo showcasing and selling fresh produce like Tiffany’s or Louis Vuitton.
Interestingly, when it comes to the Taiyo no Tamago, it is about the quality and care that goes into cultivating the fruits rather than the accessibility. Atlas Obscura reports that the Japanese farmers that raise these beauties surround each mango with a small net, allowing sunlight to hit the skin at all angles for its uniform, ruby-red color, while allowing it a safe fall when it’s ready for optimal ripeness.
So, what does the Egg of the Sun taste like? Apparently, you get what you pay for. It is described as melt-in-your mouth delicious, offering a balanced flavor of sweet and tart, juicy, with very little fibrousness.
And, of course, presentation is everything. Packaged more like a gift than a grocery item, it isn’t uncommon for those who receive the mangos to display them like natural, perishable art pieces.
The saddest part to my produce-impassioned self? Those delicious fruits are sometimes not even eaten. Granted, if I spent nearly $3,800 on something, I would likely have a hard time biting into it as well.