Times are tough so the average person is likely to not have the money to spend on these luxury foods. Here are 4 expensive foods that you’d have to fork up the big bucks to have on your plate.
Caviar is the names of salt- cured eggs of the sturgeon fish and are a very expensive delicacy. Their history dates back to the Persians who regularly consumed the eggs of the fish. They believed that the eggs enhanced physical strength and endurance when consumed. Today this delicacy is eaten by the more fortunate persons of society with refined tastes and the money to support such. They are usually used as garnishes or spreads on crackers. The most expensive caviar comes from the rare beluga sturgeon with prices ranging from $7, 000 to $ 10, 000/kg ($3,200 to $4,500/lb).
Foiegras is the fattened liver of a duck or a goose by force feeding such birds and has been around since Roman times. Feeding tubes are stuck down the birds throats and more corn than is required to fill the bird’s stomach is fed to the birds which eventually enlarges the liver. There has been some controversial debate over the years about the ethics of what is often regarded as a cruel method just to satiate the hungers of inconsiderate people. Animal rights activists have often criticized these methods saying that the birds are being made sick and slowly killed in the most painful ways. However there are special foie gras farms which boast that no such cruel treatment is used in the production of this luxury food and today it still remains a French delicacy and can cost up to $50 a pound.
The matsutake is arguably the most expensive mushroom in the world. It grows in Asian countries such as China, Japan and Korea as well as some parts of America and Canada; they are extremely valuable. Matsutake grow under trees in pine forests in the autumn, and although they are relatively easy to harvest they can be a pain to find. Due to their specific habitual requirements for growth, combined with the competition that comes from wild animals that would feast on the mushrooms it puts the mushroom in a position of rarity which can set prices for this much sought after delicacy at very high prices with the highest quality mushrooms costing up to approximately $ 1000 a pound.
When you go to the supermarket how much money do you expect to spend on a watermelon? Let’s say about 10 dollars, sounds reasonable. Now imagine spending the $200 that you’d use to spend on groceries for a week or two depending on how easily you can make your money stretch on just 1 single watermelon. The Densuke watermelon comes from Japan and is said to be rare but have a special sweet taste in contrast to regular watermelons. One of these watermelons was even sold at an auction for over $ 6,000 US dollars.
(Densuke Watermelon on left)