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2 premium mangoes sell for record-tying $3,990 in southwest Japan auction

In this file photo taken on April 15, 2021, two premium "Taiyo no Tamago" brand mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture that were sold for 200,000 yen are seen at the Miyazaki Central Wholesale Market. (Mainichi/Kenta Somatani)

Two top-grade mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture fetched a record-tying 500,000 yen (about $3,990) in the year's first auction at a wholesale market in the southwest Japan city of Miyazaki on April 14.

    The bid, matching an order placed in 2019, was 2.5 times higher than in 2021, making it a cause for celebration in the Miyazaki central market.

    Some 15% of the mangoes harvested in Miyazaki Prefecture are classified as top-grade "Taiyo no Tamago" (sun egg) brand mangoes. To qualify, they must have a sugar content of 15% or higher and weigh at least 350 grams. The harvest begins in earnest in late April and reaches its peak in late May to June.

    Tomohiro Ishikawa, the sales and distribution division manager at agricultural cooperative JA Miyazaki, commented, "Although producers are having a tough time due to high resource prices, I hear that the quality of mangoes is excellent again this year."

    (Japanese original by Yu Yoshizumi, Kyushu News Department)

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