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Premium Grapes Fetch Record ¥1.11 Million in Japan (News)

Kanazawa, Ishikawa Pref., July 7 (Jiji Press)—A bunch of premium grapes developed in Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan, fetched a record high of ¥1.11 million in the first auction of this season on Friday. A bunch of "Ruby Roman" grapes fetch a record ¥1.11 million in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, on July 7, 2017. (© Jiji) The price for the grapes, Ruby Roman, eclipsed the previous high o…
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Tochigi’s Strawberries: Red Jewels for the Crown of Japanese AgricultureJulian Ryall

Tochigi, north of Tokyo, is Japan’s top producer of strawberries. Visitors to the prefecture’s farms enjoy all-you-can-eat picking tours and come away raving about the sweet, juicy berries. Tochigi is also the source of the very finest specimens of the red fruit, shipped around the country for inclusion in exquisite desserts.
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Golden Eggs: Taiyō no Tamago Brand Mangoes Fetch ¥400,000 at Auction (Japan in Photos)

Auctioneers take bids on boxes of Taiyō no Tamago brand mangoes on April 13, 2017, at the wholesale market in Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture. Boxes containing two each of the high-end fruit grown in nearby Saito hit markets in Tokyo, Osaka, and other parts of the country. One set of mangoes sold to a buyer from a department store in Fukuoka for a record-breaking ¥400,000. The brand maintains st…
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Europe Embraces the Japanese Citron: One Village’s “Yuzu” Crusade

The delicate fragrance of the yuzu, or Japanese citron, has long been prized in Japanese cuisine. Now the West is discovering the culinary possibilities of this unique citrus fruit, thanks to a Spanish celebrity chef and the tenacious efforts of a small community in Kōchi Prefecture.
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Soaking and Seasoning: The Aromatic Pleasures of “Yuzu”

The yuzu, or Japanese citron, is prized for its fragrance and is used to enhance a variety of cuisine, from sushi to sauces and sautés. The fruit is also a frequent addition to bathwater, where its warming properties and gentle scent soothe winter bathers.
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Seeking Peach Immortality in Fukushima

A Fukushima orchard has succeeded in growing peaches with almost 50% higher sugar content than the sweetest peaches on record. We visited with proprietor Furuyama Kōji, one of a group of young producers who are changing the face of agriculture in Japan.
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Japanese Muskmelons: A Cut Above the Ordinary

Whether packed in its own elegant gift box or adorning a fancy pastry, the Japanese muskmelon is fruit at its most opulent. On this muskmelon tour, visit a Tokyo fruit parlor that boasts the ultimate melon dessert and a Shizuoka grower who has dedicated his life to the art of muskmelon cultivation.
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Do I Dare to Eat a Peach? Behind Japan’s Freakish Fruit Prices

Tourists often marvel at the beauty, size, and uniformity of Japanese fruit, but they are even more astounded at its price—as much as $200 for a muskmelon at an upscale urban fruit parlor. We provide a snapshot of this unique retail market, along with a brief look at some of the cultural and economic factors that have nourished it.
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