The 10 Most Expensive Foods in the World

Food is one of life’s pleasures. As a result, the rich have been seeking out more and more extravagant foods since the start of human civilization, which remains as true in the present as it was in the past. For proof, look no further than some of the most expensive foods that can be found in the modern world.

Ayam Cemani – $200 per kilogram

Ayam Cemani is a very curious kind of chicken that can be found in Indonesia. Its exact origins are unknown, with some speculating that it might have been brought to the region by Dutch sailors. Regardless, those who see the Ayam Cemani should have no problems recognizing it from that point forward, seeing as how the $200 per kilogram bird is black from head to toe because of hyper-pigmentation.

Dry-Cured Iberian Ham – $392 per kilogram

Ham is one of the most common foods that can be found out there. However, some hams are much more prized than others, which in turn, means that some hams are much more expensive than others. For instance, dry-cured Iberian ham can fetch $392 for just a single kilogram, which speaks volumes about the regard in which it is held.

Saffron – $400 per kilogram

Historically speaking, spices were very expensive in medieval Europe because of transportation issues. That has changed for most spices in modern times, but saffron isn’t one of them because it is made from the stigmas and styles of the saffron crocus that must be collected over the course of seven days in a single year. Some grades of saffron can sell for more than others, so much so that $400 for a kilogram isn’t unknown.

Wagyu Steak – $450 per kilogram

Wagyu refers to the four Japanese breeds of beef cattle. However, it is interesting to note that Wagyu beef is sometimes sold using the region name rather than the breed name, thus explaining Kobe beef and Matsusaka beef. Regardless, certain cuts of certain Wagyu cattle are so valued that they can fetch $450 for a kilogram.

Matsutake Mushrooms – $600 per kilogram

Matsutake mushrooms sprout in a limited number of locations. Even worse, interested parties face considerable competition from both local connoisseurs and wild animals, which limits the matsutake mushrooms that make it to market. Still, some examples have been known to go for $600 per kilogram.

Moose Cheese – $1,074 per kilogram

Generally speaking, most people will be most familiar with cheese made using cow’s milk. However, it is perfect possible to make cheese from the milk of other animals as well, as shown by the existence of moose cheese. Look-wise, it bears a resemblance to feta cheese made using either sheep’s milk or a mix of sheep’s milk and goat’s milk, but it is its rarity that makes it capable of selling for something along the lines of $1,074 per kilogram.

Kopi Luwak – $1200 per kilogram

Kopi luwak is very expensive coffee that comes from the Asian palm civet. In short, the animals eat coffee cherries, digest them, and then poop out the reminder. Despite this, kopi luwak has been known to sell for as high as $1,200 per kilogram.

White Truffles – $2100 per kilogram

There are a number of reasons for why white truffles can go for as much as $2,100 per kilogram. For example, white truffles need to grow on the roots of host trees, which is but one of the limiting factors that prevent interested parties from churning them out in huge volumes. Likewise, preserving white truffles is complicated even with modern techniques and technologies. On top of this, there is even the competitiveness of white truffle auctions.

Bird’s Nest – $6,600 per kilogram

Bird’s nest soup is made using the solidified saliva of certain swiftlet species, which use it to make nests. The nests are prized ingredients for Chinese cuisine, meaning that their prices have soared because of the booming Chinese economy of recent decades. On top of this, getting the nests is very, very difficult because the relevant species make their homes on cliffs, which explains why the rarest nests can go for $6,600 per kilogram.

Strottarga Bianco – $100,000 per kilogram

Demand has caused a huge drop in the number of the wild sturgeon that produce caviar. Unsurprisingly, this means that there has been a similar drop in the number of albino sturgeon, which is a distinction that matters for people who want to get their hands on the most expensive caviar out there. Strottarga Bianco goes a step further by sprinkling the caviar of albino sturgeon with 22-carat gold flakes, with the result that it goes for more than $100,000 per kilogram.

Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Norman Augustine
How Grant Hill Achieved a Net Worth of $180 Million
Jim Pohlad
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Minnesota Twins Owner Jim Pohlad
A Closer Look at Beyonce’s Galactica Star
Why Ventas is a Solid Long Term Dividend Stock
Capital One Credit Card
The 10 Best Credit Cards for People With Bad Credit in 2019
Discover It card for Students
The 10 Best Credit Cards for People with No Credit
Texas Instruments
Why Texas Instruments is a Solid Long-Term Dividend Stock
smart food labels
How Smart Food Labels Will Change the Future
Mixed Reality Technology
What is Mixed Reality and Where Are We With It?
5 Myths About Custom Mobile Applications
Seamless Virtual AI Assistant
How Close Are We to Seamless Talking AI Assistants?
Urban Farmer Philly
Why Urban Farmer is One of Philadelphia’s Finest Steakhouses
History of Congress Avenue Bridge Bats in Austin
The History of Congress Avenue Bridge Bats in Austin
Annie's Canyon Trail
10 Reasons You Should Hike Annie’s Canyon Trail
The Beekman Hotel NYC
10 Reasons to Stay at The Beekman in NYC
A Closer Look at The 2013 Ferrari Mansory F12 La Revoluzione
2004 Ferrari F430 Scuderia
A Closer Look at The 2004 Ferrari F430 Scuderia
1991 Ferrari TestaRossa 512 TR
A Closer Look at the 1991 Ferrari Testarossa 512 TR
The 1987 Ferrari F40
A Closer Look at The 1987 Ferrari F40
A Closer Look at the Breitling Chronomat 41
Breitling Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon
A Closer Look at The Breitling Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon
Breitling GMT Light Body
A Closer Look at The Breitling Bentley GMT Light Body
What to Watch For: A Collector’s Interview