06 Apr '17, 12am

In Hong Kong, people will pay RM300 for a durian

It might be a healthy food choice, but Hong Kong’s latest fruit fad is doing serious damage to shoppers’ wallets. From luxury supermarkets to outdoor stalls, expensive premium produce is increasingly on show and sought after by customers. At Hong Kong’s vibrant Yau Ma Tei fruit market, a Malaysian durian goes for HK$600 (RM342) and Tasmanian cherries for HK$550 (RM313). On the shelves of high-end supermarket City Super, a single Japanese strawberry recently fetched a whopping HK$168 (RM95). Each strawberry nestled on a paper pillow, encased in a glossy cardboard box. The appetite for pricey fruit from far afield reflects a quest for what punters see as clean, fresh produce, even if it has travelled thousands of miles. Fruit shoppers said they did not consider produce from mainland China – the source of much of Hong Kong’s food – as healthy. A premium Japanese Pearl White s...

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