10. Matsutake Mushrooms – $1000 per pound
What kind of mushrooms can command this kind of price, and how good must they be? Matsutake mushrooms, also known as ‘King mushrooms’ in Japan, which can only be found in the autumn, and only near a few selected tree species – notably red pine. They form a symbiotic relationship with the tree’s roots, and interestingly, never grow in the same spot more than one time. So once you pick that mushroom, you’re in effect changing the course of mushroom history. Matsutake are hard to find, though simple to harvest, and, therefore, the price is very high. Interestingly, the only justification for this high price is a rich flavor of these mushrooms, nobody says nothing about some healthy features of them.
9. Chocopologie – $2,600 per pound
It is ok that most of the people on the planet cannot live without candies, but do they exaggerate? “For the chocolate lover, this is the ultimate treat”. So what’s in this $2,600-per-pound morsel? Quite a few things. including “decadent 70% Valrhona dark chocolate, heavy cream, sugar, truffle oil and vanilla”, which form the base. Then “a rare French Perigord truffle is then surrounded by this rich decadent ganache; it is enrobed in Valrhona dark chocolate and then rolled in fine cocoa powder”, CTMuseumQuest.com reports. You can only get the Chocopologie truffle at “Knipschildt Chocolatier in Norwalk, Conn”. You can find this kind of description on one site… If you ask me, a lot of complicated words for a lot of money, nothing more.
8. Wagyu Steak – $2800 per pound
For meat lovers Kobe beef is the holy grail of steaks. The criteria for 100% authentic Kobe beef is very strict: the meat must come from the black Tajimi-ushi breed of Wagyu cattle, born, raised and slaughtered in the Hyogo Prefecture region of Japan (in which lies the city of Kobe). According to tradition the cows are fed a special diet and are brushed and massaged regularly. So, when treated like this, it would be unacceptable if their meat wasn’t healthy. This beef is producing high percentage of oleaginous unsaturated fat as well as it contains a higher percentage of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than typical beef. Wagyu beef is known all over the world for its marbling characteristics, increased eating quality through a naturally enhanced flavor, tenderness and juiciness. Well, maybe it’s worth spending this amount of money on it.
7. Samundri Khazana – $3200 per plate!
Meet the most expensive salad on Earth! Samundari Khazana, or Seafood Treasure, is a mix of caviar, sea snails, a whole lobster and even edible gold! We’ll give you a recipe in case you have a lot of money and want to try spending it on something original – how the chef does it: prepares the dish with Devon crab and white truffle. An assistant can painstakingly pressed gold leaf on to half a cherry tomato, its flesh replaced with Beluga caviar. The chef puts four sea snails – abalone – costing almost 300 pounds a kilo into a sizzling pan. Another cook coated an 80 pounds Scottish lobster in gold. The third cook deftly hollowed out four shelled quails’ eggs before filling them with more caviar. The fish and seafood is marinated in chilli and tamarind paste, slice truffle over the top to give it a nutty flavor. As you can see, you’ll need a team of cooks. Good luck with it.
6. Domenico Crolla’s “Pizza Royale 007″ – $4200 per portion
The chef Domenico Crolla would not spare resources in creating his masterpiece. So he gave life to the great 12-inched Pizza Royale 007, made especially for a charity auction on e-Bay at a cost of $ 4,000. Its ingredients: chips 24 carat gold, caviar, champagne, medallions of venison, lobster and smoked salmon marinated in cognac. In addition to all these fine ingredients, it’s topped with a significant amount of edible 24-carat gold flakes. I don’t know, Capriciossa sounds good to me, what about you?
5. Saffron – $5000 per pound
It is quite unbelievable but it’s true that saffron can cost more than gold! This is because of the way of extracting it – it takes 75.000 crocus blossoms to make a pound of this spice. Saffron’s aroma is often described by connoisseurs as reminiscent of metallic honey with grassy or hay-like notes, while its taste has also been noted as hay-like and sweet. Saffron also contributes a luminous yellow-orange coloring to foods. Confectioneries and liquors also often include saffron. You can find it in Spanish Paella! Confectioneries and liquors also often include saffron. You can find it in Spanish Paella!
4. Bird-Nest Soup – $5500 per plate
This food is famous on the eastern culture so that this food usually called “Caviar of the east”. Call it a delicacy, unusual, strange or down-right gross, some rare foods can turn your stomach or delight the palette. You may have tried escargot, haggis, intestines, liver or tongue but that’s nothing compared to these rarities. Ever tried hedgehogs or cock’s combs? Who knew that shark fins make decadent soups… Among one of the most expensive animal products consumed by humans it is believed to aid digestion, raise libido, and even alleviate asthma as it is dissolved in water to create a gelatinous soup. Never mind considering this, I wouldn’t have soul to eat a bird.
3. Dansuke Watermelons – $6,100 per pound
In a country where watermelons are rare game, they can be a costly commodity. That’s how a 17-pound Japanese watermelon became the most expensive watermelon in the world. Densuke watermelons, a type of black watermelon grown only on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, are usually given as gifts due to their extraordinary rarity. There were only sixty-five of the fruits among the first harvest this season. They are harder and crisper than the watermelons we Americans are used to and, according to Tohma Agricultural Cooperative’s spokesman, they “have a different level of sweetness.”
2. Almas Caviar – $25.000 per pound
Who could have guessed that the goose who lays golden eggs was actually a fish? Almas is the Russian word for diamonds. How appropriate that Almas Caviar should be in the same price range. A 1 kilogram tin of these Iranian fish eggs will cost you a staggering £25,000 or $49,800! So, if you want to flash your cash, nothing says “opulent decadence” quite like a bowl of shiny black fish eggs. For those in the know, however, it is the pale amber eggs of the Iranian Almas caviar that are the ultimate in conspicuous culinary crowing.
1. Italian White Alba Truffle – $160,406 per pound!
This is something you can toss a really great amount of money! Or better, you could get it if you find this ‘growing’ in your garden – I’d prefer the second case! White truffle is the most expensive truffle because of its intense flavor, rich aroma and of course its scarcity. White truffle has to be found underground and just can be grown on the particular region of Italy and Croatia. It’s quiet difficult to find a truffle underground, so to harvest white truffle people are used a pig as the truffle’s aroma can resemble the sex hormone of pig. So, if you are suspicious about having it in your environment, buy a pig and let it search!