‘There is no love sincerer than the love of food.’
George Bernard Shaw
Food, glorious food! It does not take much to make a man happy. Just give him a bagel for breakfast, maybe pizza for lunch, then, a heavy steak dinner with some mushrooms, cantaloupes and watermelon fruit on the side.
However much of a food lover you may consider yourself to be, there are probably some culinary treats which are beyond even your budget – unless you happen to be super-rich.
1. La Bonnotte potatoes – $300 per pound
This potato, grown only on Noirmoutier, an island off the west coast of France, is produced on a small scale and hand-picked only once a year. The potato will be grown in the Chateau de Versailles’ gardens this year.
2. Bluefin tuna – $3,500 per pound
Bluefin tuna, which is known for its tender pink and red meat and is used in sushi and sashimi, sold for a record two years ago in Japan, although environmentalists regularly warn about the fish being an endangered species.
3. Fugu (Puffer Fish) – $200 per dish
Served in paper-thin slices by expert chefs, fugu combines luxury with a high-stakes gamble. The intestines, ovaries and liver of fugu (or blowfish) contain a poison called tetrodotoxin, which is 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide. The toxin is so potent that a lethal dose is smaller than the head of a pin, and a single fish has enough poison to kill 30 people. Because of the high risk, chefs must undergo two to three years of training to obtain a fugu-preparing license, and such expertise raises the price of a fugu dish to up to $200.
4. Doughnut. The Luxury Zebra Cro. – $1,975
Topped with Cristal caviar, the £1,500 (roughly $1,975) doughnut reigns supreme as the most expensive pastry in the world.
5. Kopi Luwak – $600 per pound
Kopi luwak is one of the most expensive coffees in the world, selling for between US$100 and $600 per pound, $35 to $100 price per cup of coffee ordered in a regular coffee shop.
The main factor of it’s high price is the uncommon method of producing such a coffee. It has been produced from the coffee beans which have been digested by a certain Indonesian cat-like animal called then Asian Palm Civet or also civet cat.
6. Cube watermelon – $300
The cube watermelons were developed by a farmer in Kagawa over 30 years ago.
This bizarre shape watermelons go for at least $100 and are sold at high-end department stores. There’s a report that wealthy people in Russia are paying over US$800 for Japanese square watermelons.
7. Rubi Roman grapes – $480 per grape
A bunch of grapes has fetched a record price at an auction in Japan, where the fruit is considered a status symbol.
The bunch of about 30 grapes of the Ruby Roman variety sold for 1.1 million yen – about $480 a grape. Each grape is roughly the size of a ping pong ball.
The grapes are grown in Ishikawa prefecture, and to qualify for the Ruby Roman designation, each grape must weigh at least 20g and have a sugar content of at least 18%.
8. Pizza Royale 007 – $4,200.
It is the world’s most expensive pizza.
The 12 inch pizza pie is densely packed with an assortment of some of the world’s most expensive food ingredients, such as lobster marinated in cognac, caviar soaked in champagne, sunblush tomato sauce, Scottish smoked salmon, venison medallions, prosciutto, and vintage balsamic vinegar. In addition to all these fine ingredients, it’s topped with a significant amount of edible 24-carat gold flakes.
9. Moose Cheese – $500 per pound
Produced in Sweden by the Moose House, this cheese is made only from the milk of Gullan, Haelga, and Juno. These three cows were abandoned by their mother and adopted by the Johannson family. Moose only lactate from May to September and require the most tender of handling during milking since disturbances can cause the animals to get flustered and dry-up. Each animal produces about 5 liters (1.3 gallons) of milk per day, so each year the farm can only offer 300 kg (660 pounds) of cheese. The cheese contains 12 percent fat and 12 percent protein.
10. Blue dumpling (Russian pelmeni) $2,400 per dish
The most expensive pelmeni are served in the restaurant «Golden Gates» in Bronx, New York. A distinctive feature of the dish is that they can be made with veal, salmon or pork, but they also use glands of lanternfish, that lives at great depths. Portion of 8 dumplings in this restaurant is worth around $ 2,400.