Food is required for the sustenance of the body. But human beings have long gone past the physical requirement and increasingly see rare food as luxury items. Below is the list of ten most expensive food items found naturally.
Most Expensive Fruit
World’s most expensive fruit is a melon from Japan, Yubari melon. The most premium quality is cultivated in greenhouses in Yubari, Sapporo. A hybrid variety, Yubari melon is usually gifted as a present to relatives and friends. Yubari melons are known for their smooth rind and perfectly round shape. Two Yubari melons were reportedly sold for ¥ 2.5 million at an auction in 2008.
Most Expensive Mushrooms
The tag of most expensive mushroom goes to the Japanese matsutake which is reportedly even more expensive than the prized black truffles and white Alba truffle. The price starts from $1000 per pound though it may reach $2000 per pound for certain varieties. It has a fruity and spiced aroma and usually is gifted as a cherished present.
Most Expensive Water
Kona Nigari is the most expensive water available on earth. The water is procured off the coast of Hawai, desalinated, concentrated and bottled to be shipped. A two-ounce bottle sells for $33.50 and is meant to be diluted with regular water before consumption. Japanese are the biggest consumers of this expensive water and vouch for the health benefits of it including stress reduction, weight reduction, good digestion and healthy skin.
Most Expensive Tea
The most expensive tea is Tieguanyin, a green tea variety from China. The tea has an orchid aroma and long-lasting flavor. The dark green leaves of Tieguanyin roll into tight balls and make a metallic clinging sound when dropped into a tea pot. A kilogram of Tieguanyin costs 1,700 Yuan or $3,000.
Most Expensive Coffee
Kopi Luwak, from Indonesia holds the record of the most expensive coffee in the world. The coffee is remarkable as the seeds are collected from the droppings of the Asian civet after it eats the coffee beans. The prized aroma and flavor is reported to come after being subjected to the digestive enzymes of the civet. A pound of the best Kopi Luwak may fetch $300 or more in the international market.
Most Expensive Potato
La Bonnotte, a French potato variety is the most expensive potato in the world. This variety of potato is only cultivated on the island of Noirmoutier. The annual production is only 100 tons with price reaching up to $300 per pound. The high is attributed to the fact that the potato must be harvested by hand and fertilized with seaweeds. This rare potato is served in top French restaurants.
Most Expensive Caviar
Beluga caviar is considered to be the most expensive caviar due to its rarity and exceptional taste. The market price of Beluga caviar can range from $7,000 to $10,000 per kilogram. A pearly white variety called the Almas caviar, is the rarest Beluga caviar available on earth. One kilogram of Almas (Persian for diamond) can fetch almost $25,000 per kilogram.
Most Expensive Spice
Saffron, a native to Southwest Asia, is the most expensive spice by weight. The edible part of the plant is the stigma of the flowers which are used as a seasoning and coloring agent. Production of saffron is labor-intensive and contributes to its high cost which can reach up to $5,000 per pound.
Most Expensive Meat
Kobe beef from Japan is the most expensive meat available on market. It is procured from the Wagyu cattle which are fed special grass and bear. The cows are massaged by hand regularly to improve the tenderness of the meat. The meat has almost 50% less saturated fat than ordinary beef. In European markets, a 200 gram fillet may cost up to $100.
Most Expensive Nut
Macadamia nut is considered to be the most expensive nut in the world. A native to Australia and Indonesia, Macadamia tree produces the nuts after 7-10 years of plantation. The nuts have a hard seed but once cracked the interior has an oily and soft white kernel. The cost of a kilogram of Macadamia nut may exceed $30.
In World's Most Expensive Food - Part 2, we will look at the most expensive man-made food items.