Top Luxury Foods
Top luxury foods take you to the kingdom of unusual and exclusive bites. These foods do not only stand out with their uniqueness, but also with unimaginable prices. Foods and food ingredients, which you are going to read about, are very rare and therefore in high demand. Our menu consists of: meat, mushrooms, fish, fruit, spices, desserts, and even saliva of one bird. Bon appetite !
The most expensive spice in the world was named after the plant from which it originates – the Saffron Crocus, which blooms for only two weeks per year. Since only the stigmas of each flower are picked, dried and used for this spice, it takes several hundreds of flowers to get only one gram of it. Depending on the period of the year, its price varies from $500 to $5,000 per pound.
White Truffles are mushrooms that grow underground and whose finding requires the presence of specially trained dogs, or pigs. They can be found on the roots of some trees in Croatia and Italy. They are very difficult to cultivate, which increases their price. One pound of White Truffle costs between $1,360 and $4,200.
Kobe Beef comes from Japan and is so tender and fatty that rivals foie gras in texture. The cow is fed on beer and grain (Japanese breed of black cow). Kobe Beef can cost up to $300 per pound.
Fugu fish is the right choice for the lovers of extreme nutrition. Even though it kills several people per year, this poisonous fish can be found on the tables of many restaurants, especially the Japanese ones. Given that it is deadly, the cooks that prepare it must undergo a special training in order to learn special skills necessary for Fugu preparation. For just one portion of this fish, you’ll have to pay between $100 and $200.
This rare kind of mushrooms grows exclusively in the pine forests of Japan, China and Corea. They are located underneath the thick layer of leaves, which makes them very difficult to find. Considering the fact that they are very rare and hard to find, their price ranges up to over $ 2000 per kg.
The Densuke Watermelon
Densuke watermelon is characterized by dark green, almost black, color, thin peel, and a very juicy inside. They are grown only on the Japanese island Hokkaido. Their production is quite limited, but, they have a special treatment in order to be juicier and sweeter. Their price reaches up to $ 6000.
Almas Caviar is the most expensive caviar in the world. The price of one tin (1 kg) is $49,800. It consists of the eggs of old albino Sturgeon, which lives only in Caspian Sea. In contrast to the usual Beluga caviar, which is a dark, Almas is white. Supposedly, the lighter the color is, the better the taste is.
Yubari, the town in Japan, is famous for production of these delicious melons. They are smooth, round and very sweet. It is said that their sweetness is enhanced by the volcano ash which is highly contained in the local ground. A pair of these melons was sold for amazing $26,000 on the auction in 2008, but their regular price is between $60 and $200.
Chocopologie by Knipschildt
The creator of this premium chocolate is a Danish chef and chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt. It is produced in the USA, and the price of 1 pound is $2,600. Chocopologie is a handmade masterpiece made of 70% Valrhona cacao and black truffle, without the addition of additives and preservatives.
This specialty, usually served in a soup, is one of the best known delicatessens of Chinese cuisine. The nests are made by the Cave Swift males in the period of mating, and they consist of rubbery saliva rich in magnesium and calcium. After being collected, the nests are cleaned and delivered to the restaurants where they are used mostly for the soup, a portion of which costs 100 dollars. Bird’s nest is also considered a good aphrodisiac.