Big strawberry? It’s usual. Big white strawberry? That’s a thing! This strawberry called White Jewel (or Shiroi Houseki), one of the rarest and most expensive in the world. It was created in 2013 by a farmer Yasuhito Teshima in his farm in Saga Prefecture.
Teshima said that he spent years cross-breeding different types of strawberries and applied different technique to have this inside-out big white strawberry. One of the secret is to reduce the exposure to sunlight, which reduces the level of anthocyanin, the natural chemical that gives fruits their color.
He also stated that his technique is still far from perfect, only 10 percent of his strawberries turn out white, the rest are pale. John Daub, a famous youtuber in Japan, said that “The Shiroi Houseki smells very sweet. The skin is very soft. The first bite is juicy with a initial taste like fresh pineapple—but that disappears after a couple of seconds. It gets sweet like candy. Not too overpowering. Unlike candy, the natural sugars don’t stay in your mouth and leaves a fresh aftertaste.”
This 50-grams strawberry is sold 10 Dollar per piece or 40 Dollar in very small packs. People usually buy this fruit as a special gift.