Sunday, 24 February 2013

Most Expensive Food in the World

1. Saffron is a spice grown worldwide which is derived from the saffron crocus flower. A pound of dry saffron (0.45 kg) requires 50,000 to 75,000 flowers to make, meaning an entire football field. Requiring so much resources and labour, prices for the spice go around US$500/pound to US$5,000/pound.

2. The most expensive nut in the world is the Macadamia nut. The macadamia tree produces nuts only after it is 7-10 years old, requiring fertile soil and heavy rainfall. These nuts have a significantly hard seed, but once it's open it reveals a creamy white kernel containing up to 80% oil and 4% sugar. The cost of a kilogram of Macademia exceeds 30$.

3. The most expensive caviar in the world is not the common black one, but the Almas caviar. The word 'almas' is Iranian for diamond. The luxurious Beluga caviar originates from a fish over 100 years old which has virtually remained unchanged for 120 million years; from the oldest survivor of the Dinosaur era. Beluga caviar is sold for more than $5,000 per kilogram in the United States.

 4. The most expensive mushroom in the world is the white truffle. The mushroom has its origins in the Langhe area of the Piedmont region in Northern Italy, it can reach 12 cm diameter and 500g. These truffles are sold at a wicked $15,000/£10,000 per kilogram (2.2 lb). The record price was paid in December last year when Stanley Ho, the owner of the Macau casino paid $330,000 for 1.5kg of truffles.

5. The most expensive potato is a French one, "La Bonnotte". Annually, only 100 tons of this top quality potato are cultivated and collected only on the island of Noirmoutier
making it almost extinct. The potato fields require to be fertilised solely with seaweed in a climate shaped by the nearby sea. The cost of a single kilogram can reach £500.

6. The most expensive beef in the world is the type of beef coming from the Wagyu cows. These Japanese cows are fed the best grass and provided the best treatment. That is why the meat is especially tender and particularly expensive. 200 grams of a fillet cost in Europe more than 100 dollars.

7. The most expensive sandwich in the world is the club sandwich from Essen aka von Essen Platinum Club Sandwich which costs
100 pounds (almost 200 dollars). This triple-decker delicacy contains the finest chicken, ham, hard-boiled quails' eggs and white truffles and it's currently sold at Cliveden, Berkshire. The chicken (poulet de Bresse) is referred to as the "fourth gastronomic wonder of the world" served with a topping of white truffles, sold at over a thousands pounds a month. At 1,182 calories, with 1.8oz of fat, it's not the healthiest dish but certainly one of the most expensive.  

8. The most expensive pizza valued at 8300 Eur can be tasted in Italy. With generous toppings of caviar and lobster, the pizza has a diameter of 20cm and Louis XIII Remy Martin cognac poured all over it.

9. The most expensive omelette can be tasted at the Le Parker Meridien restaurant in New York. The $1,000 omelette consists of 10 ounces of sevruga caviar, a whole lobster, and six eggs. To make it in the privacy of your own home, the cost will be only $700.

10. Off to something sweet now with one of the most expensive desserts in the world, served at Serendipity 3, a popular restaurant in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The $1000 sundae was introduced in 2004 and was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive dessert. It's made up of 5 scoops of the richest Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, Madagascar vanilla, 23K edible gold leaf and one of the most expensive chocolates in the world, Amedei Porceleana. Yes, Gold. 

11. The most expensive chocolate in the world is Chocopologie by Knipschildt. At $2,600 per pound, this handmade chocolate truffle is available only if ordered. It contains a black truffle and 70% Valrhona cacao.

12. The world's finest and most expensive coffee is Kopi Luwak, or Civet coffee. The coffee includes part-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) from the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The total annual production is only around 500 pounds of beans, a reason why the price of one pound can reach an outstanding $300 or more.

The current record for the most expensive tea is held by a rare Chinese green tea called Tieguanyin, which costs 1,700 Yuan ($3,000) per kilo (per 2 lb 3 oz) — approximately 8.50 Yuan ($15) for a single cup.

14. The world's most expensive tea bag for the PG company came to being to celebrate their 75th anniversary. Manually decorated with 280 diamonds, this British cup of tea is worth £7,500. Yep.

15. The most expensive champagne in the world is Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Blanc de Blanc, made of specially selected grapes. It is sold in manually painted bottles with a price
tag of around $1,500.

16. The most expensive whiskey in the world is considered to be the Macallan Fine Rare Vintage. With only 85 bottles being released world-wide, tasting this 80-year-old is a rare treat. Price for a single bottle, you ask? $38,000. Tada. Speaking of which, check The World's Most Expensive Scotch collection.

17. Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum is merely the top-selling high strength rum in the world, which is bottled in 1940. Only four bottles are left from this precious liquor, each being
estimated at a wacky $53,000. Aouch.

18. The most expensive cocktail in the world is "Diamonds-Are-Forever". There are no special ingredients here, but the one and only excuse for wearing the $22,600 price tag is that the olive is replaced by a 1.6 carat diamond ($16,000). It is to be found in the hotel Ritz-Carlton in
Tokyo — in case you ever want to try it. Wink Wink.

19. The most expensive beer in the world costs around £500 (apx $1,000) a bottle and is called Vielle Bon Secours. It can only be found in a bar called the Bierdrome in London.

 20. And finally, the award for the most expensive drink on the list goes to Dovka. Diva Vodka. Produced by the Blackwood Distillery in Scotland, it is the world's most expensive vodka. Depending on your choice of "crystal decoration", the price of a single varies from £35 to a staggering £540,000! Cheers.


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