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10 Dollars Japanese White Strawberry

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.

 

Photo: John Daub (Youtube channel: Only in Japan)

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.

 

Photo: John Daub (Youtube channel: Only in Japan)

 

Photo: John Daub (Youtube channel: Only in Japan)

 

Photo: www.shiroichigo.com

 

 

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