The World’s Most Expensive Foods

These are some of the most expensive foods in the world.

Most expensive mushrooms

European White Truffle

The world’s most expensive mushroom is the European White Truffle. The rare fungus can cost over A$3500 per pound and is often described to have an aromatic, musky flavour. Found in the Italian regions of Piedmont, Le Marche and Tuscany, the truffle grows amongst the roots of hazelnut, oak, willow, poplar and beech trees. Usually, the truffle is served shaved raw over a dish.

Yartsa Gunbu 

Throughout the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau regions, these valuable mushrooms are highly sought after and even believed to be an aphrodisiac. Every year, thousands of people climb to altitudes of up to 5,000 meters for Yartsa Gunbu collection. An ounce of Yarsta Gunbu is sold for around A$2500, and for many, being able to afford to eat the mushroom is a status symbol.

Most expensive meats

Matsusaka Wagyu Beef

Originating from Wagyu cattle in Japan’s Mie Prefecture, Matsusaka Wagyu is known for its rich and heavily marbled beef. Made from exclusively virgin female cows, the beef needs to meet strict grading criteria to be marketed and sold as Matsusaka beef. Matsusaka is one of the most expensive varieties of Wagyu beef, and in 2002, one Matsusaka cow was sold for A$500,000.

Vintage Cote De Boeuf

Using Blonde d’Aquitaine cattle, this rare steak is produced by the premier Boucherie Polmard in Paris. Compared to ordinary steak, which is usually aged for 21 days, the Vintage Cote De Boeuf is aged for 15 years before being consumed. Committed to minimising the cattle’s stress, the butchery provides the cattle with ample roaming space at a large farm in northeastern France and speak to the cows daily. One Vintage Cote De Boeuf ribeye steak will cost you A$4,000.

Most expensive caviar

Almas Caviar

Almas Caviar is extracted from 100-year-old albino beluga sturgeon fish found in the Iranian side of the Caspian Sea. The fish is extremely rare and the eggs are so delicate that they can’t be eaten with a metal spoon at risk of altering the taste. Usually, Almas Caviar is sold for around A$44,000 per pound.

Strottarga Bianco Caviar

These farm-raised sturgeon are produced on a farm in Salzburg, Austria. Once harvested and dehydrated, the eggs are sprinkled with 22-karat edible gold leaf. Strottarga Bianco Caviar is currently being sold for A$114,000 per kilo, making it the most expensive caviar in the world.

Most expensive lobster

Maine lobsters

Found across the North Atlantic coast of America, Maine lobsters are the most sought-after lobsters in the world, which also makes them one of the most expensive. Ideally, the lobsters are sold live and only killed a few minutes before being eaten. One of the most expensive lobster based meals is served at the Le Parker Meridian Hotel in New York, being a Lobster Frittata that costs A$1000 per plate.

Fourchu lobsters

Caught in the extremely cold waters surrounding the village of Fourchu on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, these lobsters have been referred to as the Wagyu beef of lobsters. Living in cold water, the lobsters grow slowly and are harvested before moulting, resulting in a mildly sweet taste. With restrictions on the number of lobsters that can be harvested each year, the lobsters are highly valued and can be sold for up to A$12,000.


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