World’s Most Expensive Mangoes Costs ₹19,000 Each. Here’s How The Japanese Man Grows Them

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
World’s Most Expensive Mangoes Costs ₹19,000 Each. Here’s How The Japanese Man Grows Them

It’s summer and I am sure that most of you must have devoured bowls of aamras and mango milkshakes. The prices in the market are surely higher than your expectations but aren’t summers all about relishing mangoes? Well, amidst all this, we came across a Japanese man who grows mangoes. What’s unique about this? This man does not grow any ordinary mango but the world’s most expensive mangoes. 

Japanese Man Grows World’s Most Expensive Mangoes

A Japanese man named Hiroyuki Nakagawa is all set to pack and ship freshly plucked mangoes from his farm. However, this is no ordinary farm. Here, the mangoes are grown in a greenhouse in Otofuke on the island of Hokkaido in Japan. 

The temperature on this island is -8 degree celsius in December but the temperature inside the greenhouse is about 36 degrees celsius. Hiroyuki has been growing this fruit since 2011 in Japan’s northernmost island, a snowy Tokachi region.

He sells these mangoes at a cost of $230 which is ₹19,000 each, which makes them the world’s most expensive mangoes. For Hiroyuki, it’s a surprise to see what his experiment in sustainable farming has turned into. 

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Hiroyuki Trademarked The Name For This Mango Brand

Hiroyuki Nakagawa is a 62-year-old Japanese man who used to run a petroleum company in the past. He wanted to create something natural out of nature from Hokkaido in Japan. At first, people did not take him seriously. 

The surging prices of fuels made Hiroyuki realise that he has to look beyond fossil fuels. He switched to the cultivation of mangoes under the guidance of Miyazaki, another farmer from the southern prefecture. Hiroyuki established his startup after finding a farm, under the name Noraworks Japan. 

The other farmer Miyazaki claimed that growing this fruit in the winter season is very feasible. A few years later he trademarked the name of the mango brand as Hakugin no Taiyo. This name simply means “Sun in the snow”.

Utilising the two natural resources that make his native Hokkaido famous—snow and onsen hot springs—is Nakagawa’s secret. During the summer, he uses snow from the winter to cool the greenhouses which makes the fruits get delayed in blossoming. Then, in the winter, he heats the greenhouse with natural hot springs so he can collect about 5,000 mangoes out of season.

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