Shinjuku Fruit Stand
So this will be kind of an odd post, normally I would have the name, location, hours, etc of the places I write about, but in this case it’s just the location and a suggestion to go get some great fruit.
If you happen to be in Shinjuku, and you want some high quality produce to snack on, go check out the fruit stand on the corner, outside the Shinjuku Station East Exit, just to the left of the Alta building and screen.
They sell fruit on a stick for ¥100-¥200 a piece and it’s so good it’s insane. I usually get the pineapple when I drop by and it may be the best pineapple I’ve ever eaten, and I’ve spent some time in Hawaii. Yeah, it’s that good.
While you’re snacking on your cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, strawberries, or pineapple you can browse the rest of their offerings. They sell durian fruit which is awesome in my opinion. Durian fruit is apparently an extremely delicious fruit that smells like hot garbage and is actually illegal to carry on public transit in Singapore, I must assume due to the fact you might fall and crack open your nasty smelling treat, but I digress.
This fruit stand also has some of the ridiculously priced melons I’d heard about long before my first trip to Tokyo, though the most expensive cantaloupe is only a little over $50, which seems entirely reasonable, if you play for the NBA. I’ve been told that these melons are as close to perfection as you can get as far as melons go and are normally given as gifts. So apparently at Japanese weddings $50 cantaloupes are the new toaster. I have to admit though, there is a part of me that wants to know what one tastes like. Would you spend the money on one of these melons, even just once, just to see how good it was?
So anyway, when you’re exploring Shinjuku make sure you make a detour to grab some fruit on a stick, I promise you, it’s worth it.
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