Guess How Much the World’s Most Expensive Grapes Cost

07/08/2014 at 01:24 PM ET

Ruby Roman: world's most expensive grapes

What was the highlight of your wedding: The first dance? The cake? The $5,400 grapes?

No joke: The operator of a wedding hall in Japan just spent more than $5,000 on a single bunch of 30 Ruby Roman grapes, which are each roughly the size of a table-tennis ball, reports the Japan Times.

Unusual fruit — most iconically, the square watermelon — has long been the rage in Japan, and Ruby Romans, which have been grown since 2008 as part of a government-funded program, are considered good luck. (Apparently enough to merit paying $180 a grape!)

Only 30 bunches were auctioned on Saturday, but about 16,000 bunches are expected to be sold in Ishikawa, Japan, this year.

So, is this the best grape you’ll ever taste? Totally worth the price of a used Kia? One Japanese agriculture official says Ruby Romans are “sweet but fresh at the same time, very well balanced,” according to Epicurious.

If you’re ever at a wedding where the grapes cost more than the dress, you’ll have to let us know what you think. Just don’t accidentally drop one on the floor.

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Anonymous on

I just made 100 K cup of coffee :))

Iamanonymoustoo on

What a waste of money.

Katie on

I better lose some weight and fat cells with every grape I eat for that price.

Tracy on

That’s some expensive fiber to just pass as poo the next day.

RGN on

and I just had a $50k bagel…at the airport.

lynn on

and it tastes like grapes!

Anonymous on

rich people are so funny

MSS on

I paid $2.99 a pound at the grocery store on Sunday, and thought that was a little pricey. Bought about 4 pounds.

Tina on

That’s ridiculous. Savor every bite.

Pasha on

If I never ever poop again, then I would pay that much for a bunch of grape, same goes for me buying a car. I wouldn’t mind paying 1 million for it, if it NEVER needed oil change, tune up, using gasoline, and parts replacement, etc. This people just have no common sense, to spend money like that.

eve on

I knew it would be in Japan before I clicked on the link.

LuvLeeRita on

((((( Shaking my head )))))

Guest 3 on

With millions of children dying in the world today for lack of food and clean water, this is absolutely criminal…… It would buy a village tons of food, and save innocents from dying. A waste and extravagance of which I cannot believe…………. It is criminal ……….

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