Are you a foodie? Do you spend your entire money on enjoying good food? Well, even if you are that sort of a person who spends his entire earning on food, there are certain foods in this world, that you still won’t be able to afford, these food items are priced ridiculously and are only for those who are willing to spend an entire fortune on them, we have made a list of 20 of the most expensive foods in the world, let us take a look at them:-
Saffron – Rs. 2,50,000
Saffron is considered to be the most expensive spice in the world, One kilogram of pure saffron or ‘Kesar’ is going to cost you around Rs. 250,000 ($4,000) to Rs. 270,000. Also known as ‘Red Gold’, Saffron is used as a colouring agent in food. If you’re wondering why this spice costs so much, it is because Saffron grows for only seven days a year in autumn, and it has to be collected and processed by hand, also you need to pick over 300,000 flowers, just to get 1 kg of Saffron.
White Truffles – Rs. 2,67,649
Truffles like mushrooms are edible fungi, but unlike mushrooms, they are grown underground near the roots of certain trees, and the scarcest truffles are White truffles, a pound of white truffles can cost you Rs. 2,67,649. What makes white truffles this expensive is the fact that they cannot be grown or cultivated, they can only be found in the wild, and are very unpredictable, and harvesting them can be tricky and special methods are used to collect and preserve them. In 2007 white truffle was by Stanley Ho paid $330,000 (Rs. 2,45,51,010) for a single white truffle which weighed around 1.5 kg.
Wagyu Beef – Rs. 33,316
One of the most expensive meats in the world, the term Wagyu literally translates to Japanese cow and generally refers to 4 main breeds of cows, these cows are bred for physical endurance, so that the fat is distributed evenly among the body, this is why Wagyu beef is pink in colour and tastes so tender, The cows are reared and fed following strict guidelines to guarantee their signature fatty marbling, The meat can cost you as much as Rs. 33,316 per kilo.
Moose Cheese – Rs. 79,322
Moose Cheese is one of the most expensive cheeses in the world, just one kilogram of this cheese can cost you around Rs. 79,322 per kilo, what makes this cheese so expensive is that it is only produced in one place, The Moose House farm in Sweden, It has three milk-producing moose, whose milk yields roughly 300 kilograms of cheese per year. Moose milk is used to produce this cheese, Three varieties of cheese are produced: a rind-style, a blue and a feta-style.
Swallows’ Nest Soup – Rs. 2,21,625
Edible Nest soup is entirely made from the saliva of the birds, without the addition of any other foreign material. They are highly expensive in Chinese culture due to their rarity, the high nutritional value in nutrients such as protein, and rich flavour. Edible bird’s nests are among the most expensive animal products consumed by humans, with nests being sold at prices up to about $6,600 per kg. The nests have been used in Chinese cooking for over 400 years, most often as bird’s nest soup, this is because the Chinese believe that it promotes good health, especially for the skin.
White Pearl Albino Caviar – Rs. 6,73,026
Rare and prestigious, White Pearl Albino Sturgeon caviar is one of the most expensive and rare foods in the world, this is because it is harvested from very rare freshwater albino sturgeon fish that are farmed in the pristine, pollutant-free waters of northern Europe. What makes it even rarer is that it is only available periodically, and when available, only so in small batches, it is even said that the eggs from the albino sturgeon are procured very rarely, only when they’re estimated to be about 100 years old. One kilogram of this caviar can cost you around Rs.6,73,026.
Matsutake Mushrooms – Rs. 1,47,918
The title of the most expensive mushroom in the world belongs to Matsutake Mushrooms, the high price of the mushroom is because people have still not figured out how to farm them, so they can only be gathered by hand, this Japanese matsutake are found under fallen leaves at the foot of pine trees, hence the name – matsutake means pine mushroom in Japanese. These mushrooms are going to cost you around Rs. 1,47,918 per pound.
Westin Hotel Bagel – Rs. 73,855
Created by Frank Tujague, the Executive Chef of Westin Hotel in New York, this is no ordinary bagel, it is topped with white truffle cream cheese, goji berry-infused Riesling jelly and gold leaf flakes, and is only available for a limited time each year, the bagel must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance. Frank wanted to create something that speaks to New York and is also a reflection of his culinary passion for seasonality and fine ingredients. The bagel is going to cost you Rs. 73,855
The Golden Opulence Sundae – Rs. 73,855
The Golden Opulence Sundae served at Serendipity 3 is the most expensive sundae in the world at Rs. 73,855. The restaurant has stated that they sell approximately one per month. It was created to celebrate the eatery’s 50th – “golden” – anniversary in 2005. Owner Stephen Bruce states that a notice 48 hours in advance is needed when requesting the Sundae since the ingredients must be flown in from different parts of the world. The ingredients used to make this sundae are some of the finest and most expensive ingredients in the world, which are not available easily.
Lindeth Howe pudding – Rs. 25,79,850
The Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in England has a dessert which is going to cost you Rs. 25,79,850. The chocolate pudding is made from high-end chocolate, gold, caviar, and a two-carat diamond, yes you heard that right, the pudding has a two carat diamond in it, aims to be the world’s most expensive dessert, but no one has bought it yet, and with that hefty price tag, it looks like it’s going to take a lot more time.
Vanilla – Rs. 44,230
In the recent times, vanilla prices have hiked up, this increase in price has to do with several factors, Vanilla is extracted from the vanilla orchid, which is a bright green, vine-covered plant cream coloured blooms. It takes about 3-5 years for a vanilla orchid to reach maturation. These orchids then produce a dark brown seed pod that produces vanilla extract. Over 80 per cent of vanilla is grown in Madagascar island, which is dealing with terrible weather for quite some time, making harvesting of the orchid difficult, this has caused prices to hike up, one kilo of vanilla is going to cost you around Rs. 44,230, which is ten times more expensive than it was a few years back.
Yubari Melons – Rs. 9,98,446
Fruits in Japan are not just considered as consumables, they are considered as a luxury item, and are often given as gifts, therefore fruits are super expensive here, the Yubari Melons can cost you up to Rs. 9,98,446 per melon, this is because these melons are extremely rare, the most expensive variety of this melon is called the “Yubari King,” a unique cross between two types of cantaloupe that can only be produced in northern Japan’s Yubari region, these melons are world-famous for their sweetness and looks.
Bluefin Tuna – Rs. 22,92,72,900
Bluefin Tuna is sold for ridiculously high prices in auctions, this is because there is only one type of tuna that grows this huge, it’s the bluefin tuna, the bluefin tuna is the most sought in the world, this is due to its intense marbling and particular balance of flavours. A large adult bluefin can weigh around 450 pounds or more, and the price varies on several factors, All high-end fish are auctioned in Japan. Fish that are handled better and are of high quality are sold for much higher prices, CNN reported that Kiyoshi Kimura, the self-proclaimed Japanese “Tuna King,” paid a record-breaking Rs. 22,92,72,900 for a 612-pound bluefin tuna.
Hacienda La Esmeralda – Rs. 44,449
The Hacienda La Esmeralda is the most expensive coffee ever sold, a pound of this is going to cost you Rs. 44,449. Hacienda La Esmeralda is a natural-process Geisha coffee grown on the Cañas Verdes Farm, The coffee beans come from Geisha trees, cultivated at 1,800 meters above sea level. The trees are named after the Geisha Mountain in Ethiopia where they were first discovered during the 1930s. The high price of the coffee is because of the result from the Best of Panama blind tasting competition, held before the auction, where the beans received 94.1 points out of 100.
Zillion Dollar Lobster Omelet – Rs. 1,47,918
Norma’s in Le Parker Meridien hotel is selling an omelette for Rs. 1,47,918. Also known as the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata, the frittata contains 280 grams of Sevruga caviar, one entire lobster, six fresh eggs, cream, chives and lobster sauce, and is served with Yukon gold potatoes. The frittata made its debut in 2004, when the Le Parker Meridien’s president, Steven Pipes, and Norma’s executive chef, Emile Castillo were planning on putting caviar into an omelette. The dish even made its way to the Guinness Book of World Records” as the most expensive omelette in the world.
Pizza Royal 007 – Rs. 3,10,627
The World’s Most Expensive Pizza is The Pizza Royale 007, which is sold for Rs. 3,10,627, it was created by Mr Domenico Crolla, who runs an award-winning restaurant called Bella Napoli, what makes this pizza so expensive is that it contains some of the most expensive ingredients like caviar soaked in Dom Perignon champagne, Scottish smoked salmon, lobster marinated in cognac, venison medallions, the finest prosciutto and vintage balsamic vinegar, and to top it off, the pizza is covered with edible 24-carat gold flakes as the topping.
World’s Most Expensive Taco – Rs. 18,48,975
The world’s most expensive taco is specially prepared at Grand Velas Los Cabos resort, the taco is going to cost you Rs. 18,48,975. It was created by the resort’s Executive Chef Juan Licerio Alcalá, what makes the tacos expensive are the ingredients used to prepare the taco, The taco contains ingredients such as langoustine, Kobe beef, black truffle brie cheese and Beluga caviar. The tortilla is made of corn and 24k gold foil and is served with an exotic Morita chile salsa and finished with civet coffee and ultra-premium tequila. The resort recommends ordering a $150,000 platinum and white gold bottle of Tequila Ley 925, to go with the super expensive dish, making it one of the most expensive meals that you will ever have.
Almas Caviar – Rs. 27,26,720 per teaspoon
Caviar are expensive on their own, but the most expensive type of caviar in the world is the Almas Caviar, which is made from the eggs of sturgeon fish, what makes these eggs so expensive are the fact that the sturgeon are in danger of extinction, making them scarce and rare, though this fish usually live more than 100 years, there are very few of the albino variety left in the wild, the eggs can only be obtained from sturgeons, who are more than 100 years old. As the sturgeon get older, their eggs are become more elegant, smooth, aromatic and delicious with a spongier texture, making them even more expensive, the variety called Almas means “diamond” in Russian and can cost you around and Rs. 27,26,720 per teaspoon.
Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani – Rs.44,37,540 per 750 mL
The bottled water industry has become a billion-dollar industry, as it one of the most convenient ways to keep yourself hydrated on the go, though these bottles are generally sold for affordable prices, the Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani is going to cost you Rs.44,37,540, making it the Most Expensive Bottle of Water in the World according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The design of the water bottle is unique on its own, the most expensive bottle comes in 750ml of 24k solid gold, the bottle contains water from three points in the world, which are thousands of miles away from each other.
Fruit Cake – Rs. 12,72,09,480
The world’s most expensive fruitcake is going to cost you Rs. 12,72,09,480. The cake took was designed by a Tokyo Pastry chef back in 2005, the cake took him 6 months to design and another full month to construct, what makes the cake expensive is that it is covered 223 diamonds, that make up a total weight of 170 carats. The cake was put on display in the “Diamonds: Nature’s Miracle” exhibition, along with other diamond-related designs.
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