There is a variety of mango grown in Japan that could cost you a pretty penny. At almost $4000 a pair, Miyazaki mangoes are some of the priciest pieces of fruit in the world. Miyazaki mangoes are a special type of mangoes that are grown in the Miyazaki prefecture in the southern tip of Kyushu Island in Japan.
This region is known for its fruit production, including kumquats and lychees, thanks to warm weather, and long hours of sunlight combined with the perfect amount of rainfall. Miyazaki mangoes are from the Irwin variety of mangoes that originated in Florida in 1949 and have spread around the world. Today, they’re grown in Australia, Taiwan, and Japan, among other countries.
What makes Miyazaki mangoes special is the care each fruit receives during the growing process. Grown in greenhouses, each Miyazaki mango is tended to meticulously in the hope that it will grow and ripen into a perfect piece of fruit. In the greenhouse, each fruit is securely supported by strings set high above the plants to pull it toward the ceiling so that it receives as much sunlight as possible. Each mango is also wrapped in fine plastic mesh so the plant doesn’t break under the fruit’s weight and the fruit doesn’t fall to the ground and get damaged.