These Culinary delights are off limits to those without ridiculous amounts of money to spend - the most expensive foods in the entire world. Unless you’re amongst the super rich yourself, these foods will empty your wallets as fast as they fill up your stomach.
Coffin Bay King Oysters - $75
Grown exclusively on a farm in Australia, these wallet busting mullets come with a hefty price tag of about $75. Unlike the usual 18 months for standard oysters, the coffin bay oyster are grown for 6 years, and each oyster can weigh up to 2 pounds. They have up to 10 x more meat that other oysters. Their strong aroma and complex taste have earned them the nickname “the oyster steak of the ocean.
Birds Nest Soup -$100 per bowl
This is not just any birds nests, but the nests of Swallows of Swiflets which are made from 100% saliva. Swiftlets make their owns nests out of their own spit, which solidifies to form a comfortable nest for their eggs to hatch, but the nests make the best soup which is a rare delicacy in China, costing anywhere between $2500 and $10 000 per kilogram.
The delicate nest dissolves into a gelatinous texture when boiled in water to make a soup or sweet soup (tong sui). The $100 per bowl can be attributed to how hard the nest are to get.
Densuke Black Watermelon $250 each
These watermelons are exclusively grown on the northern Island of Okaido in Japan. Besides their intriguingly dark outer appearance, they are said to have more crispier flesh, more juice and an enhanced sweetness compared to their overseas relatives. There demand for decorative fruit in Japan is huge and Densukes are a popular choice, purchased as expensive gifts. Depending on the size, they sell for an average $250.
Yubari King Melon $250
Grown excluseively on the Okaido island, the Yubari melon is a major status symbol for anyone with enough money to add one to their collection. What does one of these premium fruits taste of ? Apparently, they're just have an ultra concentrated sweetness.
Kobe beef $661 / Kg
Steak makes a good main course but if you want a truly premium experience, there’s one kind that will do the job Kobe beef. These illustrious cuts are procured for the Tajima-Gyu breed of Japanese cattle which are raised in the Kobe region. The animals are so well esteemed and they live like kings. They are massaged daily, listen to classical music. Kobe beef is renowned for its superior flavours, tenderness and high amount of inner muscular fat, which contributes to its melt in the mouth qualities.
La Bonnote Potatoes $661 / kg
The potato is one of the most healthy foods around, but not when it comes to the sought after La Bonnote variety, aka “The worlds most expensive potato”. These spuds are so well regarded that they’re even know as “the Caviar of the potato world”. Why, you may ask ? Firstly they are grown almost exclusively on the tiny island of Nua Mote, of the coast of Western France, and only about 20 tonnes are produced yearly. Preparing them for sale is also an argous process because they are too delicate for machine harvesting. Each potato must be carefully handpicked instead. You might be wondering why La Bonnote potatoes are worth eating to begin with. Fans of the pricey spuds say the sea air and the sea water which acts as a fertiliser for the soil gives the potatoes a hint of sea salt as well as a lemoney flavor. If you fancy La Bonnotes for tea, you should know that they sell for about $661 / Kg.
Ruby Roman Grapes $970 / bunch
$370 / gram This rare variety is valued for its juiciness, high sugar content and low acidity. Thanks to years of selective breeding, they are about the size of ping pong balls. When they hit the market around 2008, 700grams Ruby Roman grapes bunches sold for an average $910 and their price has never gone down.
Donkey Cheese $1110 / Kilo
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as donkey cheese, otherwise known as “Pule” and it will cost you a pretty penny. This bizarre creation is only produced by farmer Sobodan Simic on his rural farm in Serbia with the help of some 300 donkeys from the Sasavican Nature reserve. It’s esteemed for its supposed healthy benefits with claims that it’s high in protein, calcium and omega 3 fatty acids. Getting milk from the donkeys isn’t easy because only about 20 animals produce it at a time and it takes 7 gallons of milk to make 1 pound of cheese. This is because the milk doesn’t contain enough casing, the characteristic that thickens it into curd. To make the cheese the traditional way. Thankfully, Simic has a secret method to make the cheese but it comes at a price, each kilo comes at about $1110.
Kopi Luwak Coffee $1200
Legend has it the this highly valued coffee was first discovered in Indonesia under Dutch colonial rule. Native farmers and plantation workers were forbidden from harvesting the coffee for their own consumption. To this day, vendors of Kopi Luwak coffee anywhere in the world can ask for between $250 to $1200.
Ayam Cemani Black Chicken - $2000 / bird
The Ayam Cemani chicken which hails from Indonesia isn’t just coated with black feathers, it’s black on the inside too. This type of chicken grows at a slightly lower rate than most chickens and supposedly takes better than your everyday kind. Its blood is also rumoured to bring wealth and power to those who consume it, making it a sought after good luck charm in certain cultures. The asking price can be up to $2000 for a single bird and $200 for a single new born chick.
Blonde D’Aquitane Steak $3200 / cut
This rare beef is considered the most expensive steak in the world and you can expect to pay about $3200 for just 1 cut. The meat comes for prized, free range Blonde D’Aquitane cattle in North Eastern France. The cattle are hand reared and are free to roam the forests and grasslands of the French countryside. Only 4 are are slaughtered weekly. Each cow is slaughtered humanely to make the process as stress free as possible. The meat is sold for an average $3200 and to see if its really worth it, you’ll have to visit the Polmard store in Paris.
White Truffles $4400 / kg
If there’s one thing capable of elevating a dish to new levels of prestige, it’s truffles. The fragrant fungi are some of the worlds rarest delicacies. Attributing them with therapeutic and aphrodisiac properties, white truffles are the diamond of the kitchen, and by far the best. White truffles can only be harvested between October through to December in the forest of Pitmun in northern Italy, where they grow inches below the earth with the roots of hardwood trees, which it very difficult to find them. Specially trained dogs know as “Truffleculteurs” must scour the forest floors in search of the hidden gems below the earth. Scientists have tried and failed to domesticate white truffles, meaning you won’t be stumbling upon any in your local supermarket anytime soon. They are valued for the complex flavour they bring to Risotto and pasta. Just 1kg if white truffles costs around $4400.
Almas Caviar $34500 / kg
In Russian, Almas means diamond. The Almas Caviar will set you back a cool $22 000 for a .99kg tin. The tin is made of metal which has been bathed in 24 carat gold. The Almas Caviar is made exclusively from the albino Beluga Sturgeon fish which is found in the Caspian sea. Their albinism is caused by a genetic disorder and because of this, the Albino Sturgeon fish is very rare. The pearl like eggs are extracted from specimen over 100 years old and they are said to have an intense, creamy, nutty taste best enjoyed in toast, with Vodka to finish. The Almas Caviar can be purchased from one of the few select caviar house in London. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Almas caviar is regularly sold for $34,500 USD per kilogram, making it the most expensive food in the world.