Friday, May 15, 2009

Top 10 Most Expensive Foods of the World

The world of the rich and famous is fascinating for many of us.They lead the life many of us want and they do what we onlydream of us. Being a food fanatic, this time we’ll have a lookat the most expensive foods in the world, most expensive drinks,deserts or spices.
1. Crocus sativus
Saffron, a spice grown worldwide, is derived from the saffroncrocus flower. A pound of dry saffron (0.45 kg) requires 50,000–75,000 flowers to make, meaning an entire football field of theseflowers. Requiring so much resources and labor, prices for thespice go around US$500/pound to US$5,000/pound (US$1100–US$11,000 per kilogram).2.Macadamia nuts
The most expensive nut in the world is the Macadamia nut.The macadamia tree produces nuts only after it’s 7-10 yearsold, requiring fertile soil and heavy rainfall. These nuts have avery hard seed, but once it’s open it reveals a creamy whitekernel containing up to 80% oil and 4% sugar. The cost of akilogram of these nuts exceeds 30$.
The most expensive caviar in the world is not the black one, butthe almas caviar! The word ‘almas’ is Iranian for diamond. Belugacaviar comes from a fish over 100 years old, that is virtuallyunchanged for 120 million years.. The luxurious caviar comes fromthe oldest survivor of the Dinosaur era. Beluga caviar ranges inprice from more than $5,000 per kilogram in the United States

4. Trufeli
The most expensive mushroom in the world is the white truffle.The mushroom has its origins in the Langhe area of the Piedmontregion in northern Italy, it can reach 12 cm diameter and 500g.These truffles are sold at a amazing price of €2,000 and €4,000per kilogram ($1350 - $2700 per pound). The record price for thistruffle was paid last year, in December, when Stanley Ho, the ownerof the Macau casino paid $330,000 for 1.5kg of truffles.

5.La Bonnotte
The most expensive potato in the world is a French one, “La Bonnotte”.Annually, only 100 tons of this top quality potato are cultivatedand collected only on the island Noirmoutier. The potato fields requireto be fertilized only with seaweed in a climate shaped by the nearbysea. The cost of one single kilogram can reach €500 since this typeof potato is almost extinct.

The most expensive beef in the world is the type of beef comingfrom the Wagyu cows. These Japanese cows are fed the best grassand provided the best treatment. That is why the meat is especiallytender and particularly expensive. 200 grams of a fillet cost inEurope more than 100 dollars.

7. Von Essen Platinum Club Sandwich
The most expensive sandwich in the world is the club sandwich from Essen aka von Essen Platinum Club Sandwich.. 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 ponds a month. At 1,182 calories, with 1.8oz of fat, it’s not the healthiest dish but certainly one of the most expensive. Costing 100 pounds (almost 200 dollars), this is a must-try for the food fanatics.

8.Pizza Luis XIII
The most expensive pizza in the world, 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.Most Expensive Omelet(Picture not available)
The most expensive omelet in the world can be tasted at the Le Parker Meridien restaurant in New York. The $1,000 omelet 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.Amedei Porceleana
Off to something sweet now with one of the most expensive deserts 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.

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