The World's Most Expensive Foods You May Be Dying to Try
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If you’re anything like me, nothing can boost your happiness level quite like a mouthwatering plate of food. That said, I understand that everyone’s food preferences differ. While some prefer to have simple yet comforting home-cooked meals, those who have deeper pockets may opt to have their meals in exquisite restaurants without minding their hefty price tag.
This takes me to my next point – Let’s imagine that all of us have an endless financial source that allows us to spend money on food without batting an eye. The main question would be – just how much would we feel comfortable spending on a dish without flinching? What is the limit that would be considered ‘too high’ to be spent on food alone?
In this article, we may find out the answers. Here, I’m sharing with you a list of some of the most outrageously expensive foods in the world in addition to the reasons why these dishes are seen as particularly valuable in the eyes of food lovers. Bon Appétit!
If you consider yourself a foodie, the fact that truffles made it to this list may not be a surprise. The fruiting body of a fungus, truffles are formed at the roots of certain trees such as the oak tree. They generally require some time to grow (4-6 years on average) and are very rare, which mostly ‘explains’ their exorbitant price.
There are different types of truffles (and not all are safe to eat). Among the edible ones, the black truffle can go for as much as thousand euros per kilogram. Chocolate truffles are estimated to have equal value. Whereas the white truffles are known as the most expensive of all truffles.
Want to give truffles a try but not ready to burn a deep hole in your wallet? I recommend trying it out in the form of truffle oil. Many restaurants offer truffle fries, a serving of fries drizzled in olive oil with truffle essence adding a rich and distinctive flavor that is difficult to resist. Alternatively, it is also quite commonly found as a decadent garnish or topping in Italian cuisine.
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Also well known as a luxury delicacy, caviar is the salt-cured roe of specific types of fish, mostly sturgeons. The term ‘roe’ is used to describe fully matured egg masses in fish ovaries.
Sturgeon roe is considered a delicacy in many countries and is often served as a side dish or garnish in various European cuisines. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the rarest and most expensive caviar, “The White Gold’” caviar (Strottarga Bianco) is priced at a whopping 100,000 Euros per kilo (or $113,630 per kilo) *gasp*.
La Madeline au Truffe Chocolate
Expertly made from chocolate ganache, heavy cream, truffle oil, Valrhona dark chocolate, and a French Perigord truffle (one of the rarest in the world), this extravagant concoction is created by the Danish-owned House of Knipschildt. This ‘royal’ chocolate currently holds the reign as the world’s most expensive chocolate.
While saffron may not be considered ‘food’ on its own, it is one of the world’s rarest spices. Derived from the saffron crocus plant, this spice is used in flavoring and coloring foods and is particularly abundant in Indian cuisine.
But why exactly makes it so expensive? Well, the cultivation and extraction process of this spice from the plant is very labor intensive, thus elevating the price. One ounce of saffron can go for as much as 430 EUR equivalent to US$ 500.
Do you love cheese? You may be interested to know that Pule cheese is one of the most expensive due to its rarity. It is made entirely from the milk of Balkan donkeys, a breed found exclusively in Serbia.
Only a specific set of donkeys are milked for the production of this delicacy. Pule cheese is an essential and a distinguishing part of the Serbian cuisine. One kilogram of this smoked type of cheese pule can set you back upwards of 1000 EUR (US$1165).
Wagyu Ribeye Steak
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How expensive can a steak be – you asked? Well, if you’re looking for the best piece of steak out there, the Wagyu ribeye steak probably takes the cake.
The Wagyu cows are one of the most sought-after breeds due to the high level of omega-3 and -6 fats found in its meat. Farmed & raised in Japan, these special cows are regularly massaged to ensure tenderness and fed with beer, creating its renowned buttery soft flavor. Due to the extra care of these cows, one ribeye steak can cost up to 2400 EUR (US $2800) per serving!
Matsutake (Mattake) Mushroom
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The priciest mushroom breed in the world, Matsutake or Mattake mushrooms are extremely rare. Found and grown in Sweden, Finland, Korea, Japan, Canada, China and the US, it costs about 860 EUR (US $1000) per pound.
They grow under hidden leaves on the forest floor, usually found growing under the Japanese Red Pine tree. According to Eduzaurus.com staff who did some of their own research about it, it is apparently quite easy to harvest!
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Yup, you read this right. But how the heck can popcorn make to this list? Read on.
Created and sold by a company called Berco’s popcorn, the Billion-dollar popcorn can go for about EUR 215 or US$ 250 per pound. It is made with butter especially made in Vermont, Laeso salt from Denmark, and N. Massey Bourbon Vanilla, and the crème de la crème: sprinkles of edible gold flakes!
If you’ve got some cash to burn and are looking to impress your date on a movie night, serving this as a snack will definitely be a unique way to do so.
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