An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so the adage goes, but whoever said that certainly wasn’t doing their grocery shopping at Sun Fruits, the Tokyo Midtown luxury fruit shop where single pieces of specially-grown fruit can set you back as much as a 5-star holiday, and regular purchasing might just send you to the doctor, or to your bank manager at least! Though the country’s economy is not exactly booming, according to the Sun Fruits’ management, demand for even their priciest pieces has never been higher, with summer, year-end and professional gifting accounting for a large portion of their sales.
Lining the pristinely laid-out shelves are fruits sourced from all over the country, and in a culture where presentation is everything, unsurprisingly only flawless specimens make the grade. Individually-boxed, perfectly spherical Musk melons come from a computer-controlled greenhouse in the Shizoka prefecture, where one fruit per plant is selected to be the sole recipient of hand pollination and nutrients, and then sold for a cool ¥16,000 (USD160). Single bunches of Ruby Roman grapes have sold for up to ¥400,000 (USD4,000), making each grape alone valued at more than USD100, decorative square and pyramid-shaped melons fetch ¥5,000 (USD50), and soft, juicy, perfectly-formed white peaches are a relative steal at ¥2,625 (USD26) apiece. How’d you like them apples?