It does not take much time for your closed ones to be upset with you if try to convince them with their favorite dish, be it a bagel for breakfast, maybe pizza for lunch then a heavy steak dinner with some mushrooms, cantaloupes and watermelon fruit on the side. If you are high in cash you may shift to the costlier version of these foods. We have come up with a list of the top 10 most expensive foods in the world. Have a look!
10. Mattake or Matsutake Mushrooms – $1,000
The mattake or matsutake mushroom is the most expensive mushroom in the world. It is actually a highly popular mycorrhizal mushroom that can be found in Asia, North America and Europe, particularly in Japan, China, Korea, the United States, Canada, Finland and Sweden. Of these the most popular is the one associated with the Japanese Red Pine. You will actually find it under fallen leaves on the forest floor. Though it is quite simple to harvest, it is extremely hard to find. However the annual harvest in Japan is less than a thousand tons.
9. Westin Hotel Bagel – $1,000
It may seem to be just a bagel that is no different from what you usually have for your breakfast. But in actual this creation of Frank Tujague, the Executive Chef of Westlin Hotel in New York, includes a small amount of white truffle cream cheese and goji berry-infused Riesling jelly with golden leaves. This Italian fungus is one of the most expensive food items in the world today.
8. Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata – $1,000
Omelets are very easy to cook, right? You only need some eggs, along with other food you wish to use as ingredients. But there is this Le Parker Meridien Hotel in New York who took a giant leap forward by adding lobster claws and 10 ounces of Sevruga caviar into six eggs. The result is the thousand dollar omelet or as the restaurant calls it, the zillion dollar lobster frittata. However, the scaled-down version features only 10 percent of the caviar. Since only an ounce is included, the restaurant sells it for $100. The full version of the frittata is usually sold only about 12 times while the smaller version is ordered for around 50 times a year.
7. Craftsteak’s Wagyu Ribeye Steak – $2,800
Wagyu beef is famous for its high percentage of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Its genetic predisposition allows it to have an acceptable ratio of monounsaturated to saturated fats. The best the one is from Kobe, raised in the prefecture of Hyogo in Japan. The cows are fed with beer and massaged regularly to ensure tenderness. A full Wagyu ribeye in Craftsteak in New York was once served for $2,800. However, the restaurant is closed now and is replaced with Colicchio & Sons.
6. Bombay Brassiere’s Samundari Khazana Curry – $3,200
As the world was dancing to Nicole Scherzinger and the rest of The Pussycat Doll’s “Jai Ho (You are My Destiny)” while celebrating the success of Slumdog Millionaire, Bombay Brassiere at that time decided to create a curry dish. They are gold-coated Scottish lobsters, four abalones and four quail eggs filled with caviar.
5. Domenico Crolla’s Pizza Royale 007 – $4,200
Domenico Crolla is a Scottish chef famous for putting up portraits into his pizza creations. Once he decided to create the Pizza Royale 007 even though the producers of the James Bond films did not commission it. It was a 12-inch pie, filled with lobsters marinated in cognac, caviar soaked in champagne, tomato sauce and Scottish smoked salmon, prosciutto, venison medallions and vintage balsamic vinegar. There were 24-carat gold flakes for garnishing. Since the gold flakes are eatable, they are not allowed to be taken home.
4. Densuke Black Watermelon – $6,100
Black watermelons are rare items. The Densuke variety is only grown in the island of Hokkaido in Japan all round the world. The harvest typically yields only a few dozen fruits. Okay it is rare! But why is it so famous? Because its hardness and crispness are just perfect with the incomparable level of sweetness. A fruit that weighed 17 pounds once was sold for $6,100.
3. Yubari King Melons – $22,872
The orange-fleshed Yubari King melons are popular because of its proportion and sweetness. These items are so in demand that at times auctions are actually conducted for its purchase. In 2008, over 100 melon fruits from Yubari were on the block of which the most perfect was the first item put on sale. A businessman who owns a souvenir shop and seafood lunch restaurant made a bid of nearly $23,000 and carried it away while others watched in awe.
2. Almas Caviar – $25,000
The Almas caviar is an extremely rare food from Iran. Caviars are already expensive and its rarity makes it even more expensive. The only store that carries this item is the Caviar House & Prunier located in Picadilly in London. The store packages the caviar is done per kilo and places it in a tin made of 24 carat gold. The selling price stands at $25,000. But if you want just grab a bit, the smaller version is sold for $1,250.
1. Italian White Alba Truffle – $160,406
Truffles are expensive and of them the Italian white alba version is the most expensive of all. These items are difficult to cultivate which explains its exorbitant price. A huge white alba truffle that weighted 1.51 kilograms was once sold for over $160,000. A retail investor from Hong Kong and his wife brought the truffle.
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