One kilo of common green plums remains more expensive than a quarter gram gold coin in Turkey, despite the first plum harvest of the year having gone through, Turkish agencies reported on March 2.
One kilo of the fruit sells for 750 liras now, while the price of the common household fruit had risen as high as 1,000 liras off season.
The first batch of the fruit was harvested in Mersin at the end of February, while the farmers in southern Antalya merely offered small packs of the fruit from Mersin since their trees were not yet ready for harvest.
Antalya wholesaler Fatih Yılmaz bought 15 kilos of the fruit from Mersin to become the only vendor in his hometown who offered them, he said.
"We do this for any expecting mothers who may have cravings. Nobody can buy a kilo of plums for 750 liras so we made 50-lira packages," Yılmaz said.