Sato Nishiki cherries

Recently a box of 40 Sato Nishiki cherries, grown in Yamagata, sold for close to $10,000. More info from

On January 5, at Ota Market’s first wholesale auction of the year in Tokyo, produce wholesaler Funasho Group claimed the winning bid for Yamagata-produced premium Sato Nishiki cherries. 500 grams (1.1 pounds) of the fruit sold for its highest price ever–1.3 million yen (US$9,842), which is 100,000 yen higher than the winning bid last year.

That's $250 per cherry.

SoraNews24 also notes that, when they sampled some Sato Nishiki cherries, "our team of writers had trouble telling them apart from regular supermarket ones."

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 10, 2023
     Category: Overpriced Merchandise | Fruit

Yes, you can tell those from the supermarket cherries. If you can go by the picture, I've never seen a better looking cherry.
Posted by KDP on 01/10/23 at 03:31 PM
Without further information, I suspect this is something akin to the 'Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer' at the Iowa fair sold at auction for $135,500. Part PR, part bragging rights, and all tax deductible.

Posted by Phideaux on 01/10/23 at 04:15 PM
Also, probably, not that far from the first cask of new herring in the Netherlands. Sells for tens of thousands of euros, just for the reputation of having bought it. Any other new herring, five euros per three (and well worth it).
Posted by Richard Bos on 01/14/23 at 08:31 AM
It's not as bad as they say. Looks like it's 54 cherries in that box -- not even $200 apiece.
Posted by RiChard on 01/15/23 at 07:55 AM
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