If you want something very indulgent to put on your bucket list, how about trying all of the most expensive foods in the world? You may need to take out a mortgage to achieve them, but I’m sure they’d be worth it! The prices for these foods do vary from year to year and region to region, but these foods consistently manage to make the list of the most expensive foods in the world!
1. White Truffles
Due to them being extremely difficult to grow, the white truffle tops the list of the most expensive foods in the world. It comes in at roughly $15,000 per kilogram, though it’s also been known to fetch prices of over $30,000! The white truffle is found in Italy and, due to its price, is often only prepared by the top chefs.
Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, often found in Greek and Asian cooking. There are different types and grades of saffron on the market, as synthetic options are available for much cheaper, but if you’re looking for the real deal, it’ll set you back up to $11,000 per kilogram.
3. Beluga Caviar
The beluga sturgeon is a critically endangered fish found in the Caspian Sea. The caviar from the beluga sturgeon is the largest caviar available, and can sell for up to $10,000 per kilo, due to restrictions placed on the harvesting of the roe to help preserve the sturgeon population. The colour of the caviar can be anywhere from dark grey to white, with white being the rarest and therefore most expensive.
If you’re a chocoholic like me, this is one chocolate you definitely need to get your hands on. Chocopologie is the Hilton of chocolates, created by Fritz Knipschildt from Denmark. Fritz’s ultimate chocolate, the Le Madeline au Truffle, comes in at around $4,000 per kilogram, and has a shelf life of one week, meaning the chocolate has to be pre-ordered if you want to taste it!
5. Matsutake Mushrooms
Otherwise known as the Pine Mushroom, if you have a spare $2,000 then it will buy you a kilo of this delicacy. They grow in quite a few countries, including Sweden, the US, Canada, Japan, China and Finland. They are said to have a spicy, smoky flavour to them, and they’re used a lot in Japanese cooking.
6. Kopi Luwak Coffee
If you’re a coffee nut looking for something unconventional, then maybe Kopi Luwak is for you. It may be pricey at $1,200 per kilogram, especially when you consider it’s coffee that’s already been digested. Yep, that’s right - this coffee has already been eaten by the Asian palm civet, then the brewed from the feces of the animal. It may sound gross, but it is considered to be the best coffee in the world.
7. Wagyu Beef
Wagyu beef comes from a certain type of cow that was genetically bred to create wagyu meat. Wagyu cows come from Japan, though Australia now has the highest number of wagyu cattle outside of Japan. Wagyu beef is uniquely marbled with fat, making it juicier and much more flavourful. Coming in at around $1,000 per kilogram, maybe it’s the perfect gift for the steak-lover in your family.
Some of the prices of these foods amaze me! They are definitely going on my food bucket list, and I cannot wait to try them. I think I’ll be saving up for a while though! Have you tried any of these foods? What did you think - are they worth the price?