For the epicure that has everything, there’s now a melon available in Japan that’s worth as much as a new car.
The Yubari King is a cross between two varieties of cantaloupe, and must be grown in the Yubari region in order to bear that name — just as Kobe beef, another Japanese culinary luxury, must be produced in that certain geographic region.
The Yubari King is known for it’s sweetness and, of course, its price tag, which just reached a whopping $27,000 (though that was technically for a pair). That price is only reserved for the choicest melons however, with average Yubaris typically going for $50 – $100, which is still ridiculous when you think about it—but not, like, the cost-of-my-college-loans ridiculous.
This article originally appeared on MUNCHIES in March 2015.
The pineapple has long been an irresistible attraction for people. The tropical fruit was a status symbol of the 17th century elite, and even a must-have accessory for Dutch festival-goers last summer. To learn more about pineapple obsession, I spoke with Prins Ananas, a.k.a. Lex Boon, about his long-running pineapple research project that has culminated with him becoming a pineapple trader himself.
“This happens all the time,” says Boon, starting a new thought in the middle of a sentence. “My head is so full of facts and stories about the pineapple that I jump from story to story.” Just seconds ago, he was telling me about visiting a pineapple trader in the Dutch town of Veenendaal … Read the rest
“We’re Kevin Burns & Kimberly Ferstler, Glendale residents (one born and raised!) who are starting a Community Supported Agriculture group closer to our home (where we can walk to distribution rather than having to take the car–we’ve been driving to a CSA in Williamsburg for 3 years).
We’re looking for like-minded people in our neighborhood who are interested in the CSA model for supporting locally- and sustainably-grown food; who don’t mind re-using bags; who will walk/bike to distribution if at all possible; who would support (with time and/or money) a low-income portion of the CSA; who would be willing to attend Just Food workshops; who would be willing to share their cooking/canning skills; etc.”