Pule Cheese

Only produced by one farm in Serbia, Pule Cheese is considered the most expensive in the world | Source: SCMP

Decadent Dairy: The World’s Most Expensive Cheeses

Predating recorded human history over 7,000 years ago, the first cheese was likely produced by accident.

Since then the world’s infatuation with the dairy product has been constantly growing. So much so that nowadays it’s a beloved food staple that can be delivered straight to your door via cheese subscription services.

According to a Globe Newswire Report, the global cheese market accounted for US$89.34 billion in 2020 and is estimated to reach US$125.82 billion by 2030.

Produced in a wide range of flavours, colours and textures, there’s a cheese for everyone’s taste whether that’s enjoying a rich, dry cheddar with a glass of wine or soft brie in a sandwich.

While there are more than 1,800 different types of cheese in the world, some of them are simply a level above the rest. The most expensive take a considerable amount of effort to craft, are made from rare ingredients or are in short supply. Here’s a look at the world’s most expensive cheeses.

Pule Cheese

Produced from donkey milk by just one farm in the world, Pule Cheese is considered the most expensive cheese costing just under A$2,000 per kilogram. Made in the Zasavica Special Nature Reserve in Siberia, the cheese comes from the milk obtained from Balkan donkeys.

The long and difficult process requires about 25 litres of milk to make one kilogram of pule cheese. The final product is white and crumbly like feta and similar in taste to Manchego, only richer. 

Such an attraction is the product that in 2012 world tennis star Novak Djokovic was believed to have bought the annual supply of Pule Cheese for his Belgrade restaurant. He later dispelled the rumour saying “It is not completely true that we bought the whole supply of the cheese… They came to our restaurant and offered co-operation, so that is all… but it is not true that I already bought the whole supply.”

Moose Cheese

While any milk-producing mammal can be used to make cheese, some a far more difficult to farm than others. The proof is in the Moose, or Elk as they’re called in Europe requires a delicate hand and a calm approach to harvesting its milk. The Elk House (Älgens Hus) farm in Bjurholm, Sweden where the moose cheese is made is the only place in the world that produces the rare, creamy delicacy and it’s limited to 300 kilograms each year across four varieties.

Selling for around A$1,350 per kilogram, the four products include a cheese similar to Camembert, a creamy blue cheese, dried blue cheese and feta.

The rare delicacy is only served at the farm’s Älgens Hus restaurant with a menu that includes dishes; moose stew, moose meatballs, Västerbotten cheese pie and moose cheese parfait.

Source: ItsFoodtastic

White Stilton Gold

One of the most well-known cheeses in the world, Stilton, gets a luxury upgrade created by award-winning British cheesemaker Long Clawson’s. Costing A$1,065 per kilogram, it’s the most expensive cheese in Britain made with edible gold leaf and gold-flecked cinnamon schnapps. Semi-soft and crumbly, only cheeses produced in the three English counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire are legally allowed to bare the Stilton name.

About 67 times more expensive than standard Stilton, Clawson’s Stilton Gold was made in a limited edition run and was so exclusive it was reportedly only sold to United Kingdom’s elite. In 2016 however, New York restaurant Industry Kitchen offered an over A$2,600 pizza covered with 24k-gold flakes, foie gras, truffles, caviar and Clawson’s standard White Stilton.

 Industry Kitchen A$2,600 pizza with 24k-gold flakes, foie gras, truffles, caviar and Clawson’s White Stilton | Source:

Wyke Farm Cheddar

Produced by the largest independent producer of cheese within the United Kingdom, Wyke Farms, this farmhouse Cheddar uses cow’s milk, traditional methods and the finest ingredients. The vintage cheese is tangy, full-flavoured, takes 12 months to reach its peak maturity and costs around A$750 per kilogram.

In the historic market town of Thame, England, The Black Horse Pub serves a specialty melt-in-the-mouth cheese soufflé with Wyke Farm Coastal Cheddar sauce.

Bitto Storico

Costing around A$450 per kilogram, not only is Bitto Storico an expensive cheese, but it’s also one of the oldest edible cheeses in the world able to be aged for 18 years. The delicacy from the Valtelline valley in Lombardy, Italy is made from cows’ milk and between 10-20 per cent Orobica goat’s milk. As a young cheese, it starts soft, sweet, and delicate and as it matures its flavour develops to a spicier and more bitter taste.

The cheese is limited to just 12 producers so getting a taste of this premium cheese is not an easy task. To enjoy the delicacy travel to the small village of Gerolo Alta in the Bergamo Alps where the restaurant, museum, and cheese-aging cellar of Centro del Bitto Storico supplies the eponymous product.

Source: lacucinaitaliana

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