Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM
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The unparalleled and indomitable Travelling GOurmet TM uncovers the secrets of the world’s…
MOST expensive grape. The Ruby Roman from Ishikawa in Japan. It sold not long ago for US$11,000 for one bunch of just 700g!!!! WAHNSINNIG! (insane in German)
There are over 10,000 varieties of grape or Vitis vinifera, although one “so-called wine expert” keeps insisting there are only 1.500 varieties, after reading my friend, Jancis Robinson’s book. Wahahah! Hee hee!
Treasure of Ishikawa
The story began in 1995, Ishikawa grape farmers appealed to the Prefectural Agricultural Research Center to create a large red grape variety. So 400 experimental vines were planted into a test field. Two years later, they bore fruit. Out of the 400 vines, only 4 turned out to be red grapes. Just one out of 400 was deemed large enough to meet the farmers’ expectations. Over the next 14 years, researchers selectively bred this grape variety to constantly enhane not only its size but its taste. The colour and ease of cultivation were other paramount factors to consider. Today Ruby Roman is the “treasure of Ishikawa”.
The Ruby Roman grape has very low acidity and Extremely high sugar content and juice, Astonishing sweetness overwhelms your tastebuds when you gently bite in to one your mouth. Each grape must be over 20g and contain 18% sugar!!!! If you cannot afford a bunch, forget lunch and dinner…just buy one grape for 2000Yen or US$19!!!! OMG! Bananas!(US slang for crazy!)
The Travelling Gourmet TM says: Keep calm and carry on eating!