stickymangorice said that The world’s most expensive and exclusive mangoes are Japan’s Miyazaki Mangoes, from Miyazaki prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu. They can sell for as much as $5000! Large, a rich red colour, and beautifully packaged in their own cushioned box, they’re certainly very impressive to look at. But how could they possibly be so expensive?
Origins Of The Miyazaki Mango
Mango farming started relatively recently in Japan, starting in the mid-80s. They originate from Irwin mangoes, which came across from Florida to be cultivated in Japan’s warmer climates. The mangoes are grown on the island of Kyushu, in the south of Japan, which are ideal growing conditions for the mangoes.
Miyazaki mangoes are prized for being extra sweet and tasty, with tight quality control to ensure a 15% sugar content and a minimum weight of 350 grams, as well as a striking deep red colour. They have very strict growing conditions to meet these criteria.
Egg of the Sun Mangoes
The name given to Miyazaki mangoes are Taiyo no Tamago (Egg of the Sun) mangoes. These are the ones that fetch the astronomical headline-grabbing prices that makes this variety so famous. But what exactly makes these particular mangoes so astronomically expensive?
Simply put, buyers at the mango auctions usually bid on behalf of large distributers, such as supermarkets. And when a huge amount is bid for a mango, it’s almost like a bonus, or an incentive, to encourage the farmers to keep producing such great produce. Simple as that! The mango itself doesn’t even have magical properties!