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The Mothership - 2012-07-18

If you can't afford a melon, you ain't ballin.

IrishWhiskey - 2012-07-18

The reason some of the melons and fruits are in boxes, is because they are often meant as gifts rather than food.

It's not unlike some of the fancy decorative pointless crap department stores sell in their gift departments. It's not about whether the other person will use it, but that they know how much you are willing to spend on them. Only the Japanese do it with fruit.

frau_eva - 2012-07-19

Gifts in Japan have to be something that's going to be used and discarded, for the most part. Giving a gift that's just going to sit around the house when everyone has limited space would be sort of inconsiderate. So most gift items are edible.

SolRo - 2012-07-18

Can we get a Black People Being Overly Excited (and/or Dramatic) About Nothing week?

Lef - 2012-07-18

It's so true. Don't even look at the high end strawberries. I've never tried any of that stuff, the gf would leave me if I wasted money on anything so frivolous.

If you go to the outskirts of Japan, you can get REALLY good fruit at regular prices, as long as it's in season. If you're really lucky enough to know some farmers, they may offer you some of their personal produce, and it is indescribably good, penis flying into orbit good, and it's only kept for family and friends.

Japanese produce is usually labeled with the prefecture and farmers name. They take pride in what they grow, partly because it can be traced back to them, but mostly because it's the Japanese way.

Mister Yuck - 2012-07-18

You know about farmer's markets right?

SolRo - 2012-07-18

what's it like living in a country where people take pride in the things they do? I've never had the chance to experience it.

Rodents of Unusual Size - 2012-07-18

As someone who lives in Korea, the answer is mind blowing.

People really take pride in every job here. Especially the farmers I've met. They even passed a law here saying all major stores like Costco and the like have to shut down at least one day a week so as not to compete with them.

Also, I can get a big bag of really delicious plums for . Yellow melons, which I'd never heard of before, are pretty scrumptious. Sort of a cross taste wise between jicama, honeydew, but with the texture of cantaloupe, but with a juicy center, and they are about twice the size of a mango. You can get those for for 3 to 6 of them depending on their size.

Apples here are the only thing I wouldn't want to try again. They are a dollar a piece and mealy. I also tried Asian raspberries, which I'm told are considered medicinal, and their taste was a bit less sweet than our version. They're made into teas, mostly. Bananas are fairly cheap here. I think that's because they are grown in the Philippenes, which are not that far away.

Watermelon is the most expensive fruit I've seen. About for a big one. They also have some rather large casaba like melons whose insides are whitish with black seeds that I haven't tried yet, and the other day I saw the biggest figs I've ever seen in my LIFE. Seriously, they were the size of baseballs.

cognitivedissonance - 2012-07-18

Most of those apples are shipped over from the Yakima valley, so it's a good bet they're not very fresh. I used to pick fruit as a kid. We were told of the exorbitant prices they'd fetch in Asia.

Lef - 2012-07-18

Never been to a farmers market in Japan, or at least now what I'm familiar with in America.

The local grocery stores, even the 7-11's usually reserve spots for local produce just outside the entrance, so you can get that regularly. Make shift spots also appear in some neighborhoods where a farmer will show up in a fan and sell whatever surplus he may have.

What I meant by personal produce is the absolute best that farmers grow just for themselves. Rice, oranges, strawberries, at a level of quality that you will never find in a market, the absolute best of the best. There are more varieties of fruit than most people are aware of, think heirloom tomato's, stuff that may not ship well, or a patented fruit that only one family has the right to grow (but that others grow illegally). that's the edible gold you can get access to with the right contacts.

Noober - 2012-07-18

^ This is what you get when hippies give birth to weaboos.

Nikon - 2012-07-18

It sounds tasty.

uekibachi - 2012-07-18

you dont have to go to the countryside to get reasonably priced fruit.

the expensive stuff is usually abnormally large and symmetric.

Jet Bin Fever - 2012-07-18

do you need a melon baller to be melon ballin?

heyitslozeau - 2012-07-23

I was skeptical, but apparently Japanese make around 41k in american dollars a year on average, so yeah, this shit is expensive.

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