#1 Buddha Shaped Pears
These pears can be found in China. A farmer named Xianzhang Hao from the Hebei province is the one responsible for this fruit. According to Chinese myth, if you eat a magical Buddha shaped fruit you can become immortal. To make the fruit, he would grow the pears in molds that look exactly like Buddha down to the last detail. It if very unlikely that the people who eat his fruit don’t become immortal, but they are still willing to pay $8 for each pear just in case.
#2 Sekai Ichi Apples
In English, the name of this apple translates to “World’s Number One”. These apples are huge. They are about 15 inches around and they weigh up to two pounds. In 2014, these apples celebrated their 40th birthday. They still remain the most expensive apple in the world. If you wanted to buy just one apple, you would need to pay $21.00. Considering you can buy a 5-pound bag of apples for under $5, $21 is a very steep price to pay for just one. In Tokyo, Japan, you can visit luxury fruit parlors and these apples happen to be on the menu.
#3 Dekopon Citrus
If you love Mandarin oranges, you are really going to love the Dekopon version. These oranges are much larger than Mandarin oranges and they are the size of a softball. These are considered to be the sweetest oranges in the world. Farmers started growing this fruit in 1972 and only the most perfect oranges make the cut and get shipped to the stores. If you wanted to buy these oranges, you can expect to pay $80 for a pack of six.
#4 Sembikiya Queen Strawberries
These are the most beautiful strawberries in existence, and the appearance is what you are paying for. They are red all the way through. The leaf on the top is perfectly shaped and it is very dark green. You can actually see the pure white seeds coming through the skin. If you wanted to buy these strawberries, eating them could make you feel guilty because they are so beautiful. Any strawberry that isn’t absolutely perfect gets tossed out. If you want to try these strawberries, you would need to pay around $85 for a pack of 12.
#5 Square Watermelons
The square watermelon is yet another expensive fruit that is grown in Japan. In 2014, this amazing fruit finally began shipping outside of Japan. They are grown in a box, which gives them a square shape. The average weight of a square watermelon is 13 pounds. Most people who are willing to pay the outrageous price of $800 per watermelon don’t even eat them. Instead, they display the watermelons in their homes for decoration.
#6 Pineapples From the Lost Gardens of Heligan
This is one of the 10 most expensive fruits in the world and for good reason. It costs thousands of dollars. The most well known botanical spot in the United Kingdom is The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Pineapple pits are not very common in the UK, and this garden is the only place to find them on the entire continent. To keep the pits safe, two mud structures are placed in rotting manure. This helps the pineapples stay ripe and grow quickly. If you want to buy one of these pineapples, you can expect to pay an average of $1,600. The most expensive pineapple to ever be grown in this pit was sold for over $15,000.
#7 Taiyo no Tamago Mangoes
The name of this mango translates in English to “Eggs in the Sun”. This fruit doesn’t taste like eggs, they are just shaped like them. This is yet another fruit that grows in Japan, and they look slightly like the Dole mangos that you buy in North America. The company who grows this fruit won’t sell one that weighs more than 350 grams and they don’t have a high sugar content. The first harvest each year is auctioned off. The highest price paid for a pair of these mangos is $3,000. If you wanted to buy a Dole mango in your neighborhood supermarket, you could expect to pay about $1.50 per pound. That is a huge difference in price.
#8 Ruby Roman Grapes
Most people walk through the supermarket and eat grapes while they shop until they get to the checkout to pay. This is not something that you can do with the Ruby Roman grapes. They are grown in the Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan, and they are known as table grapes. This is because each one if the size of a ping pong ball. They started being produced in 2008. Since then, buyers have been willing to pay $910 for a bunch. Today, a bunch would cost you $4,000. If you wanted to buy regular grapes, they would cost just $3 per pound.
#9 The Densuke Watermelon
This watermelon is much larger than the typical watermelon, with an average size of around 24 pounds. Rather than having a green rind, it has a black one. These watermelons are very rare. They are grown on the island of Hokkaido Japan, and only 10,000 are grown each year. Since rich people love rare objects, they are willing to pay big bucks for this fruit. The average cost of this type of watermelon is $6,100.
#10 Banana Art
Unlike the rest of the fruit on this list, this banana was not grown this way. It was actually created by an artist who uses bananas to create his art. His banana art sells for thousands of dollars at art auctions, and this is odd because they don’t last forever. Like all types of fruit, bananas eventually go bad. This fruit is just for the rich because who else would be willing to pay so much money for a piece of art that can only be displayed for a few weeks.