People’s understanding of the phrase “expensive food” varies widely. For some it means red salmon; for others truffles. However, there’s actually a whole range of food products that have price tags you would never have imagined were possible.
Bright Side offers you the chance to take a look at the ten most expensive food products in the world.
11. Matsutake Mushrooms
These mushrooms are so rare that their price now reaches as high as $600 for a single kilogram. Matsutake mushrooms are native to Japan, but they also grow in several different Asian countries. However, their number has decreased significantly due to the effects of insects and invasive trees finding their way into the shaded areas in which the mushrooms grow. Because there is no way to cultivate Matsutake mushrooms, there’s a high chance they could disappear altogether in the future.
10. Kopi Luwak Coffee
This coffee is produced in industrial quantities in Indonesia, the Philippines, and in southern India. Kopi luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world. Its cost fluctuates between $250 to $1,200 per kilogram. It’s famous for the very specialized way in which it’s processed.
9. White Pearl Albino Caviar
One kilogram of this caviar costs €8,500 ($9,100). The albino sturgeon is a kind of large fish that lives in the Caspian Sea. The cost of the caviar is so high on account of the fact that the eggs from the albino sturgeon are procured very rarely – only when they’re estimated to be about 100 years old.
8. Swallows’ Nest Soup
The nest of these birds is made almost entirely from their saliva, without any additions of foreign material. Consequently, their nests have become a delicacy in Chinese cooking. The high price of this dish is easily explained: collecting swallows’ nests is a somewhat dangerous occupation. The birds build their nests on sheer cliffs, where the risk of falling off is very high. The cost of this delicacy is thus around $3,000 per kilogram.
The cost of this seasoning can range from $400 to $1,000 per kilogram. This is because saffron grows for only seven days a year in autumn. It’s collected and processed by hand. Moreover, to collect just 1 kg of saffron it’s necessary to pick 300,000 flowers.