TikToker tries $120 Japanese crown melon, and viewers have feelings: ‘Save them seeds’
Luis Carlos Zaragoza (@luiscarloszara) is a TikToker and foodie who shares food reviews and recipes, and describes his feed as “a surrealist dinner party.” In a recent video, Zaragoza shared his experience purchasing and taste testing a $120 Japanese melon. Spoiler alert: He claims it’s delicious but perhaps not worth $120!
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The video begins with a shot of the interior of a Japanese supermarket in Los Angeles. Zaragoza films a display of crown melons. On one side of the display, glossy photos show a spoon digging into the interior of a melon, while on the other, the melons sit in green cardboard boxes. A price tag on the display notes that each melon costs $119.99.
“I was at a Japanese supermarket the other day in LA, and I came across a $120 melon directly from Japan,” Zaragoza says as he picks up a melon and places it in his shopping cart. “I had never seen such an expensive piece of fruit here before, so I thought I would buy it and see if it was worth the price.”
“It came packaged really nicely, and [the booklet inside] explained how it takes 200 days to grow this single piece of fruit,” Zaragoza explains, as he flips through the booklet featuring photos of the melon.
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Then, Zaragoza removes the melon from the box and begins to slice it. “It immediately had a really strong melon smell,” he explains as he removes the seeds from the melon. “It almost smelled like candy, and it was really juicy.”
Using chopsticks, Zaragoza places a piece of melon in his mouth. “That does taste really nice,” he says as he chews. “Is it worth $120? I’m not sure. I think it’s kind of like how some people will buy a bottle of wine. If you know someone that loves melon, I think this would make an amazing birthday gift.”
The video ends as Zaragoza shares his final thoughts. “I don’t know if I would buy it again,” he concludes.
TikTok viewers thought the crown melon was expensive, too
Viewers were shocked by the melon’s price tag!
“$120? Save them seeds,” one viewer suggested.
“In Japan, there’s limited space, so the gifts you buy need to be consumable. This is a nice gift,” another viewer wrote.
“I am so glad you bought this. It was really interesting to learn about [a] special fruit like that,” another TikToker commented.
$120 might be expensive for a melon, but can you really put a price tag on good food?
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