Top 10 Luxurious Foods Enthusiasts Should Try

By on Feb 26, 2014
Top 10 Luxurious Foods Enthusiasts Should Try

What makes a kind of food luxurious is not only its exquisite taste, but also its rarity and cost. And while these factors often change among different food types, there have been a few that remained consistent in the lists, making it very safe to say that they are among the most luxurious in the world – the kind that travelers and food enthusiasts should experience at least once in their lifetime.

10. Oysters

Some oysters are rare, but some are not. So why are they so expensive? It’s actually because of how they are cultivated and where they come from. But more than the price, oysters taste really good and are often regarded as aphrodisiacs, which makes them quite marketable.

9. Matsutake

This Japanese mushroom has an entire world of relevance to Japanese culture. In fact, they are cherished as valuable gifts in the corporate world. More importantly, they play a very important role in many of Japan’s most precious cuisine. And because they are very difficult to cultivate and harvest, a kilogram of these mushrooms could cost as much as $2000.

8. Lobsters

Because of the subtle and very delicious flavor of their meat, lobsters net as much as $1.8 billion in the seafood industry annually. The value on these crustaceans are also due to the manner in which they are acquired and cooked to be the great dishes that they are.

7. Foie Gras

Next only to caviar, this controversial little western dish is made from the liver of ducks or geese who are force fed with a type of grain that causes it to expand many times larger, producing delicious fat that has a very earthy taste. It’s banned in a lot of American states but is widely available all over Europe.

6. Fugu

The term is Japanese for puffer fish, which are very poisonous sea creatures that become one of Japan’s most widely celebrated dishes – if prepared properly. The dish is quite intriguing in a sense that cooks who prepare this need to undergo rigorous training as, improper preparation of the dish has caused numerous deaths reported in Japan every year.

5. Bird’s Nest

Normally prepared as a soup, this is made of the saliva of Cave Swifts. The saliva is made up of a compound that hardens when exposed to air. They are then turned into a gelatinous mixture by mixing with water. They tend to be expensive but are famous in their respective places in restaurants all over the world.

4. Kobe Beef

This kind of beef is made in Japan from cattle that’s subjected to a special kind of treatment in order to guarantee the quality of their meat. Thanks to the special diet they receive, the cattle produce beef that’s so tender and fatty that it’s famous all over the world.

3. White Truffles

While these truffles are rare, a lot of people pay big money for them because of how valuable they are as ingredients to very exquisite dishes.

2. Saffron

These are actually the stigmas and styles of a crocus flower, and are used to add coloring and flavor to food in a way that no other spice can. It’s also very difficult to prepare because thousands of them have to be handpicked just to make an ounce of it. This is why it’s the most expensive spice in the world, costing as much as $2,000 per pound.

1. Beluga Caviar

Undoubtedly the most expensive food in the world ($5000 per kg), the Beluga Caviar is made from the eggs of the Beluga Sturgeon, a kind that’s found in the Caspian Sea. This kind of fish takes as much as 20 years to grow into its 2 ton maximum size.

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