If you go to enough grocery stores in Japan, you are bound to see the incredible fruit selection that Japan has. Unlike in the US and other countries around the world, most fruits in Japan are considered luxury/gift items. This includes fruits such as strawberries, peaches, melons, mangoes, etc; if you buy the top of the line fruit (they are specially cared for and grown to ensure the best looks and taste), it can be anywhere between $20-200, depending on the fruit.
I have always been curious about what they taste like, and I was lucky enough to try a Miyazaki mango once. These are the best mangoes that Japan produces, and they are from the Japanese island of Kyushu. As you can see in the picture above, they look super nice and well cared for.
Taste wise, they are also incredible. It was no doubt the juiciest and sweetest mango that I have ever had in my life. In Hawaii, we also have pretty good mangoes, so I would say I have a relatively high standard. Still, the Miyazaki mango was significantly better than the Hawaii mangoes in every single way. This includes the price; I was lucky enough to find one of the cheapest Miyazaki mangoes, and it was still $25 or so. However, if you go to even higher end grocery/department stores, there are Miyazaki mangoes that can run anywhere from $50-100. Compared to the mangoes that you can find in the US from anywhere between $2-5, you can see what type of a premium price you are paying.
Even though it was the most delicious mango I have ever had, I am not sure if I would ever buy one again. It would have to be for a very special occasion, or if I got it as a gift. Still, as for a one-time purchase to see what it tastes like, it was a great experience. If you are a mango connoisseur, you just have to consider it as a very expensive dinner!
Miyazaki Mango Recommendation Rating: 5
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
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