What are the most expensive foods in the World? If you consider yourself a “foodie,” like I do, you will love this list. Below, I’ve enumerated (and described) some of most rare and expensive foods on earth, which range from golden-topped pizzas to $4,200 mangoes.
Once you’ve tried most “regular” dishes in the world, you will want to go for something really special. However, in order to get really unique food, taste once-in-a-lifetime tastes, you will have to dig into your retirement fund, start a very successful company, and get rich fast, or just be one of the Top 10 Highest Paid CEOs.
Wonder how much is a burger cultivated, from stem cells, in a lab? And what about really special white truffles? And, by the way, are they worth it? Or are they just for snobs? Let’s fund out.
Most Expensive Food: Surprise Strawberry Dessert – $3.95 million
Arnaud’s, the largest restaurant in New Orleans, offers a strawberry dessert that costs $3.95 million. But, what are these strawberries made of? Are they golden?
The strawberries are actually not special, although they come in a –pretty special and delicious- marinade of port, red wine, spices and citrus with vanilla ice cream. What’s particular about this dessert is that it comes with a “side” of a 7.09 carat pink diamond ring.
Most Expensive Foods: “The Cultured Beef Burger” – $332,000
This burger was cultivated, by Mark Post, in a lab at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. The meat was grown from stem cells, in the hope of finding a way to face food shortages in the future, while preserving the environment and avoiding massive animal killings.
American author Josh Schonwald and Austrian food researcher Hanni Rützler were the first ones to taste this expensive treat.
White Truffles – Up to $100,00 per lb.
Every foodie knows that truffles are an expensive and highly-desired item. The difficulty implied in cultivating and finding them makes the price tag so high. However, casino owner Stanley Ho set a record in 2007, when he paid $330,000 for a 3.3 lb. White Alba Truffle from Tuscany, Italy.
Domenico Crolla’s Pizza Royale 007 – $4,200
Pizza is usually a cheap meal, all around the world. However, Domenico Crolla changed this, when he created the Pizza Royale 007, a 12-inch pie topped with some of the most expensive ingredients on earth. The pizza comes with lobsters marinated in cognac, caviar soaked in champagne, sunblush tomato sauce, Scottish smoked salmon, prosciutto, venison medallions, vintage balsamic vinegar, and 24-carat edible gold flakes.
The Pizza Royale 007 was auctioned on eBay and sold for $4,200. The proceeds were then donated to The Fred Hollows Foundation, a UK organization that seeks to eradicate avoidable blindness in developing countries.
First-harvest Brisbane Mangoes – $4,200 each
These first-harvest only mangoes from Brisbane, Australia, were sold at $4,200 each. In a 2010 auction, 12 of them were auctioned for a grand total of $50,000. The proceeds were allocated to help the Brisbane market community.
Yubari King Melons – $22,872
These melons could look –at first sight- like regular cantaloupes. But, as you might figure, they are not. These ones are grown in greenhouses in Yūbari, Japan, and are the result of a cross between Earl’s Favourite and Burpee’s “Spicy” Cantaloupe.
The most perfect pair was sold to a souvenir shop and seafood lunch restaurant owner, who paid $22,872 for them in 2008.
Densuke Black Watermelon – $6,100
Yet another expensive fruit, the Densuke variety of black watermelons is desired by many foodies. One that weighed 17 pounds was sold for $6,100.
This variety of watermelon is only grown in the island of Hokkaido, Japan, and is harder, crispier and sweeter than any watermelon you’ve ever tasted.