Yubari King

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Cucumis melo 'Yubari King'
Half cut of Yubari melon.JPG
Section of a fresh Yūbari King melon
Genus Cucumis
Species C. melo
Hybrid parentage Cucumis melo
Earl's Favourite × Burpee's "Spicy" Cantaloupe
Cultivar 'Yubari King'
Origin Yūbari, Hokkaidō, Japan

The Yubari King (夕張メロン Yūbari Meron?, Yūbari melon) is a cantaloupe cultivar farmed in greenhouses in Yūbari, Hokkaidō, a small town close to Sapporo. The Yubari King is a hybrid of two other cantaloupe cultivars: Earl's Favourite and Burpee's "Spicy" Cantaloupe.[citation needed] This hybrid's scientific name is Cucumis melo L. var. reticulatus Naud. cv. Yubari King.

Three pairs of Yubari King melons packed in cardboard for transport

Some Japanese people present Yubari King melons as gifts during Chūgen. A top-grade melon is to be perfectly round and have an exceptionally smooth rind. A portion of the stem, which is snipped with scissors, is left on top for aesthetic appeal.[1]

At a Japanese auction in 2008, two Yubari King melons sold together for ¥2.5 million.[2] In 2007, the top price paid for a pair of Yubari King melons was ¥2 million.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b "Japan's Cadillac of melons Yubari melons fetches record 2 million yen". Fareastgizmos.com. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  2. ^ a b Hosaka, Tomoko A. (15 May 2009). "Slump hits Japan's most expensive melons". The Independent (Independent Print Ltd.). Retrieved 11 July 2011. 

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