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February 22, 2009

How do I get in on this racket?

Apparently a Japanese grower is raking in big bucks for gigantic strawberries:

Berries, $841 apiece (Rockhampton Morning Bulletin)

Now, granted, it's 841 Australian dollars...that's only US$540. But still...

80 grams seems like a big strawberry, but I've seen several selections that averaged close to fifty, so I don't think it would be hard to get a variety with primary fruits of 80 grams, and at $841 apiece, one could afford to harvest the primaries and pitch the rest.

The statement about fructose is, in my opinion, off base, though. Although there is a relationship between size and sweetness, it's not a terribly strong one. Plus, fructose is not the only sugar in strawberries--in fact sucrose generally accounts for around half of the sugars, and glucose is important as well.

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At 2/23/2009 03:44:00 PM, Blogger Brandon Hurr said...

The comment about fructose is a bit weird I will agree. It's kind of always been accepted that the larger berries (all kinds of berries) are generally less sweet than their smaller siblings, despite there being little evidence to back that up. Perhaps the writer was just forwarding this stereotype or was listing it as a reason that this particular cultivar had less overall sweetnees. Perhaps, by fructose, they were implying "sugars" in general and just screwed it up.

A nearly 100 g primary berry is pretty impressive though.

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At 5/07/2009 03:02:00 PM, Anonymous Ares said...

That is good money for berries...Maybe I should try my hand at strawberries! Thanks for the post, I had no idea people were making such good money for huge fruit. Why would they be in such high demand?

At 8/08/2009 06:05:00 AM, Blogger Kevin M. Folta said...

I know what I'm doing when go in today... I wonder if it is 100% and glows green under UV...? I think they'd dig it.

There are people there that pay thousands for a good fish too, or massaged beef.

Some Japanese are just crazy about their food I guess.

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