The Japanese are fortunate enough to have superior space-age technology, Godzilla, awesome game shows, and enough free range monkeys to take over the world. However, in their country watermelons are considered a luxury item due to their scarcity and a lack of storage space for large fruits.

One large black colored watermelon sold at auction this past Friday and it may be the world’s most expensive watermelon.

The expensive melon was flown over 500 miles from a northern Japanese island for the auction in Tokyo. And after a heated sale, the eventual auction winner forked over 650,000 yen (~$6,100) for the ownership of this prized melon. Does anyone in Japan pay for things with singles? That must get annoying.

According to an Associated Press report about this purchase:

The 17-pound, black-skinned “Densuke” watermelon, a variety grown only on the northern island of Hokkaido, was purchased Friday by a marine products dealer who said he wanted to support local agriculture, according to Kyodo News agency.

Something doesn’t sound right about this whole story…

The famed black watermelon is claimed to taste much better than ordinary watermelons for some unknown reason. But is it true what they say about black Densuke watermelons – ‘once you go black, you never go back?

I also don’t buy the fact that some no-name ‘marine products dealer’ is getting this thing. I bet Gallagher will get his hands on it soon enough. That evil bastard.

UPDATE: Thanks to a reader who pointed out that these strange black watermelons are also available in the US. They’ve been spotted in Hermiston, Oregon. Gallagher still isn’t off the hook though. I won’t cave on this one.

AP: Black Japanese Watermelon Sold At Record Price, June 7, 2008 via HuffingtonPost