The 9 Most Expensive Fruit on Earth

Written by Emilio Brown
Updated: September 25, 2023
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Mangos, watermelons, strawberries, and various other fruits at the local grocery store seem to be rising in price year after year, but they are no comparison to the price of some of the premium fruit found around the world. Here you will learn about the 9 most expensive fruits on earth, and how pricey they get.

Fruit is a tasty treat, and in countries like Japan, they are grown to be the best in quality and are given as luxury gifts. There are thousands of fruits in the world, and new varieties are being created regularly to further enhance their taste. Extensive care and unique growing methods are used to better fruit size, and taste, also making them cost insane prices. Let’s look at some of the most delicious but expensive fruit you can find.

9 Most Expensive Fruit on Earth
These nine fruits can be given as luxury gifts.

1.  Buddha Shaped Pears 

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Price: $9 per Pear

In China, a farmer has perfected a way to grow pears into the shape of tiny baby buddhas. Using molds while the fruit grows allows these pears to become the exact shape of the buddha mold. The farmer, Xianzhang Hao, grew 10,000 of these pears in his backyard and now sells them for $9 each. He said he got the idea for the buddha shape from an old story about a magical buddha shaped fruit that would give immortality to those who ate it. While these pears don’t do that, Xianzhang Hao says these pears bring good luck!

2. Sekai Ichi Apple

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The average Sekai-Ichi apple weighs 1.5-2 pounds.

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Price: $21 per Apple

The Sekai Ichi apple was first cultivated in 1973 and is still considered one of the largest species of apple. These fruits can grow to be over 2 pounds and are said to have a subtle sweetness and soft flesh. In Japan where these apples are mainly grown, the trees are hand-pollinated and the fruit is cared for until it is perfectly ripe for picking. 

These apples are sought after because of their size and difficulty to obtain due to the time consuming process it takes to grow the fruit so big. While the tree is growing it is extensively pruned to ensure only the biggest healthiest fruit are left. Due to this process the amount of apples growers are able to supply is low. The price of these apples vary depending on the seller with some boxes of 4 being $50 while single apples can cost $30.  

3. Sembikiya Cherry

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Price: $160 per box of 40 Cherries

Inside the Sembikiya fruit shop you can find a variety of luxury fruit that are priced surprisingly high. One of these expensive fruits is the Sembikiya cherry which comes in boxes of 40 priced at $160, that’s $4 per cherry! These cherries aren’t expensive for no reason, the time and care that goes into growing and selecting the perfect cherry for each box is costly. 

Every cherry has to meet specific requirements before they are placed in their perfect boxes. To do this the cherries are monitored very closely while they grow and then picked when they are perfectly ripe. They will need to be identically shaped and colored as the rest of the cherries in the box for maximum visual appeal.     

4. Dekopon Citrus

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Price: $80 per 6 pack

The Dekopon citrus fruit is a combination of an orange and a mandarin. Like others on this list these citrus fruits are grown and sold in Japan where you can get a six pack for just $80. First cultivated in 1972, this perfect combination of orange and mandarin is now considered one of the best oranges in the world and one of the sweetest. 

The dekopon requires a complicated time consuming cultivation process which is partly why they are so expensive. Grown in humidity and temperature controlled glasshouses these oranges are carefully watched and cared for until they’re ripe. Once the citrus fruits are picked they are cured for 40 days to drop the acidity to under 1% and develop the sugar level. Due to their growing popularity dekopon citrus are now being grown and harvested in places like Brazil and South Korea. 

5. Square Watermelon

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The first square watermelon was successfully grown in 1975.

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Price:  $800 per Watermelon

 Another expensive fruit that comes from Japan is the square watermelon. Square watermelons are sought after for their square shape and …not much else. These fruits taste exactly like any regular watermelon you can find in the store or a garden. When buying a square watermelon you may have to sacrifice taste for looks. These melons are sometimes harvested before they are ripe to retain their cube shape. 

Fruit enthusiasts looking to try a square melon can expect to pay between $100 to $800 depending on the seller. The price is so high because growing these melons into a cube shape can be hard. Square watermelons are grown in molds to create their cube shape but the fruit doesn’t always respond well to the mold making these fruits harder to come by. However, if you don’t want to shell out a couple hundred dollars for a watermelon you can try growing your own with one of the many guides you can find online.  

6. Japanese Ruby Roman Grapes

Ruby Roman Grapes

Ruby Roman grapes from Japan.

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Price: $100 – $8,500 per bunch

While grapes are a common inexpensive fruit found in the grocery store you won’t be able to find grapes like these anywhere but in Japan’s Ishikawa prefecture. In 1995 a group of farmers in Ishikawa, Japan started on their journey of growing the perfect red grape. Over the course of 14 years, farmers, breeders, and researchers worked to increase the size, enhance the color, and sweeten the taste of the red grape.  In 2008 they debuted Ruby Roman grapes and gained media attention for a single bunch sold for $900. Ruby Roman Grapes are the world’s most expensive grapes and people looking to buy them can expect to pay at least $100 for a bunch and that’s on the low end!

 When harvested these grapes are classified into three categories: superior, special superior, and premium. Because only 24,000 bunches are harvested each year only a few bunches are classified as premium and buyers can expect to pay up to $10,000, maybe even more for a single premium cluster.  These grapes are sold at such a high price for a reason. When harvested they have to meet a certain standard to be categorized and sold. The perfectly round and sweet grapes that make it to market sell incredibly fast. 

7. Miyazaki Mango

Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan/ Mango

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Price: $100 – $2,000 per Mango

Miyazaki mangos are the most expensive mangos in the world, and are one of the many premium fruits in Japan. Miyazaki mangos are also called the Taiyo no Tamago, or the “egg of the sun” mango. With a sugar content 15% higher than a regular magno their flavor is extremely sweet. Originating from southern Japan, the Miyazaki Mango is grown exclusively in the city of Miyazaki in the Kyushu prefecture. 

Their expensive price comes from the care required to grow one of these fruits. Lots of sunlight, rain, and a sub-tropical environment is needed to grow them. Each fruit is wrapped carefully in a net, and suspended to get plenty of sun, and obtain its glowing ruby red appearance.

8. Densuke Watermelon

Densuke Watermelon

Quite possibly the most expensive watermelon in the world, the Densuke watermelon comes from Japan.

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Price: $250 – $6,000 per Watermelon

Watermelons are large, juicy, and one of the tastiest fruits, and the densuke watermelon is the best of them all. Densuke watermelons come from the island of Hokkaido Japan, and are identifiable by their dark green rine. Their skin is very shiny, and has no markings or patterns.

Inside this fruit you will find very little seeds, and a pink interior. They have sweeter meat than other watermelons and are also loved for their crunchy texture. Densuke watermelons are very difficult to grow and plants yield little fruit, which cause price to be very expensive.  

9. Yubari King Melon

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A hybrid created from two other cantaloupe cultivars, the Yubari King melon must have perfect netting.

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Price: $100 – $12,000 per Melon

The Yubari King melon originates from the island of Japan, and is considered one of the most expensive fruits in the world. While their price varies drastically, a pair of this fruit was sold for $30,000 at an auction, costing more than some used cars. Grown year-round, this melon is only cultivated in the Yubari region of Japan.

Since the Yubari King melon is only grown in greenhouses, they are not able to be farmed in mass. This melon is planted in volcanic ash, and takes 100 days of constant care to reach its full delectable size. As one of the most expensive melons, Yubari King melons are very sweet and while they cost more than any other fruit some may say they are worth every penny

Bonus: What is the Rarest Fruit in the World?

Black sapote chocolate pudding fruit in wooden plate, plant based vegan food

Black Sapote fruit is said to taste like chocolate pudding.


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Black Sapote

After our survey of the most expensive fruits on the planet – you may wonder which fruit is the rarest. The fruit most commonly named is the black sapote fruit. This rare fruit is native to tropical regions in Mexico, Central America, and Colombia and is actually a species of persimmon. The green skin of the fruit turns yellowish when ripe – inside is a most remarkable treat that tastes like chocolate pudding! Yes, the dark brown flesh of the black sapote has a creamy texture and flavor that many compare to the chocolatey delight.

Mangosteen

Another rare treat is the mangosteen, a difficult fruit to find in the U.S. due to its propensity for bruising and special climate needs. It is claimed that the elusive mangosteen is one of the most delicious fruits you can eat. Queen Victoria was rumored to love this fruit so much that she joked that she would grant knighthood to anyone who brought her one! The dark purple orb only offers a few white slices of the delectable fruit flesh inside. Mangosteens are cultivated in Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Attempts to grow them in Florida, California, and Hawaii have been unsuccessful – contributing to their rarity in the West.

Fresh Mangosteen in bamboo basket and on old wood baclground. Mangosteen has been known as The Queen of Fruits, asia fruits concept

Mangosteens were once banned in the U.S. to keep out Asian fruit flies.


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Summary of the 9 Most Expensive Fruit on Earth

RankFruitPrice
1Buddha Shaped Pears $9 per pear
2Sekai Ichi Apple$21 per apple
3Sembikiya Cherry$160 per box of 40 Cherries
4Dekopon Citrus$80 per 6 pack
5Square Watermelon$100 – $800 per watermelon
6Japanese Ruby Roman Grapes$100 – $8,500 per bunch
7Miyazaki Mango$100 – $2,000 per mango
8Densuke Watermelon$250 – $6,000 per watermelon
9Yubari King Melon$100 – $12,000 per melon
Summary of the 9 Most Expensive Fruit on Earth

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Spiders, snakes, and lizards are my favorite types of animals, and I enjoy keeping some species as pets. I love learning about the various wonders nature has to offer and have been a writer for 5 years. In my spare time, you can find me getting out into nature.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Are there really Buddha shaped pears?

In China, a farmer has perfected a way to grow pears into the shape of tiny baby buddhas. Using molds while the fruit grows allows these pears to become the exact shape of the buddha mold. The farmer, Xianzhang Hao, grew 10,000 of these pears in his backyard and now sells them for $9 each.

What is a Densuke watermelon?

Inside this fruit you will find very little seeds, and a pink interior. They have sweeter meat than other watermelons and are also loved for their crunchy texture. Densuke watermelons are very difficult to grow and plants yield little fruit, which cause price to be very expensive.  

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