How far will you go to satisfy your appetite? You can estimate the potential hole in your budget with this list of the most expensive ingredients available worldwide.
For foodies, food is their passion in life even if it is a necessity for all of us. Just how far will you go for food? We foodies will try anything, from trying out some street food to going to a posh restaurant. Have you ever wondered what the cost of the most expensive truffle in the world is, or how much saffron is? Alternatively, are you willing to spend more than $100 on a meal? In order to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, here is a list of foods that are only available to multi-millionaire foodies. No, these foods are not covered in gold or diamonds. Let’s Explore.
Although cheese has always been the priciest milk product, Moose cheese, which is made from Moose milk, continues to be the priciest cheese in the world. Only in Sweden is moose cheese made and sold; a kilogram of it costs about US$1,000. One of the reasons Moose cheese is so expensive is that milking Moose is a difficult operation. The two sisters-run Elk House farm is thought to be the biggest and primary producer of this cheese.
Because of the favourable environment in Europe, white truffles are a subterranean fungus that are grown there. These truffles are more difficult to find than other types of mushrooms because they need highly specialised environmental and climatic conditions to flourish.The price of a pound of white truffles can reach $1,000. White truffles are nearly never cooked, so bear that in mind when preparing. Cooking them will eliminate their potent fragrance, which gives them their flavour potency. Over a finished pasta, risotto, etc. meal, simply slice them thinly (a truffle shaver is necessary for this task) and let the heat of the food unleash the aroma.
Ayam Cemani Black Chicken
Although everyone enjoys a delicious chicken dish, this Indonesian chicken may really hurt your wallet! This breed may be purchased in Indonesia for about $200, but it is worth thousands of dollars abroad. Ayam Ceman Due to the concern over avian flu, black chicken is rarely exported. This breed is well-known not only for its coloration but also for being a popular sports chicken, particularly in Bali.
Iberian Dry-Cured Ham, often known as Jamón Ibérico, is the priciest type of ham that is sold worldwide. Only Spain and Portugal are home to the endangered Iberian breed. Since Iberco pigs must be fed with acorns, which are highly pricey, each leg might run you close to $4,500.
One seasoning that all Indians use sparingly and only on special occasions is saffron. One needs to gather about 3,00,000 blossoms to produce just 1 kg of saffron. Because saffron grows for just one week a year and costs $400 to $1000 per kilogram, the entire collection process is highly laborious.
All you coffee lovers out there should try this. The Asian Pam Civet is renowned for partially digesting and defecating on Kopi Luwak, the most expensive coffee beans in the world. To make these renowned coffee beans, farmers in Indonesia gather thousands of civet droppings. Its rich aroma comes from fermentation in the animal's gut, which also explains why it costs about $700 per kilogram.
These Japanese mushrooms are well-known for their distinct blend of sweet and spiciness. Since they are only harvested once a year, growing this particular species of mushrooms is no easy task. Only those who are wealthy enough to play with their taste senses can afford the price, which can reach $600 per kilogram.
The black water melon, or densuke, is a Japanese specialty that is so pricey that it is always auctioned off instead than sold in stores. Black melon is regarded as a treasured wedding gift in Japanese culture. Only 1,00,000 Densuke watermelons are grown since it takes so much area to raise them, and they can cost up to $6,000 each.
Swallow Nest Soup
Chinese cuisine places a high value on swallow nest soups, but only the wealthy can afford to eat the soup, which is composed entirely of bird spit. The birds construct their nests into distant rocks, making them difficult to collect and expensive at $3000 per kilogram.
Without mentioning Caviar, the realm of fine dining stays unfinished. People go crazy about these fish eggs, and the most expensive form is thought to be White Pearl Albino Caviar. These white pearls can cost up to $9,100 per kilogram, which is more expensive than real pearls.
The 'Morel' or 'Gucchi' mushroom is grown in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda area in India. According to reports, the Department of Agriculture in Jammu and Kashmir submitted an application to acquire GI protection for Gucchi. Gucchi is one of the priciest mushrooms in the world, fetching more than 20,000 ($273) per kilogram. The product is made in Jammu and Kashmir on an annual basis in amounts of about 45 tons. After the snow has melted in March, farmers and tribesmen usually start collecting it.