The 19 Most Expensive Foods in the World

For the average Joe, the height of culinary luxury is a juicy cheeseburger, freshly caught fish, or maybe some sinfully delicious dark chocolate. For the world’s elite, nothing will do except the most decadent and rare ingredients they can find. Check out this list for some of the most expensive food in the world.

Beluga Caviar

Sitting at a market price of approximately $3200 to $4500 per pound, Beluga caviar is the most expensive caviar in the world. Made from the roe of the beluga sturgeon, this caviar is harvested in and around the Caspian Sea. Most fine connoisseurs will eat Beluga caviar simply by scooping it into the webbing between their thumb and forefinger, and slurping away. Any additives are thought to cheapen the taste.



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Civet Coffee

Known as kopi luwak, civet coffee is made from coffee berries that have been previously eaten, digested, and excreted by the Asian palm civet. Since the wild civets select only the best beans to eat, it is thought that these beans are already better than average. Then, their digestive process strips away the fleshy pulp of the bean, and ferments it. The beans are collected from the feces of the civet, cleaned and roasted, then sold for enormous prices of up to $700 per kilogram.



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Wagyu Beef

Literally translated, Wagyu means “Japanese cow.” There are many stories about the methods that Japanese farmers use to ensure that their cows develop the characteristic marbling and high percentage of fat that has made Wagyu beef famous. Massages, and diets that include beer and sake are used to relax the cows. Strict guidelines have kept true Wagyu beef out of North America, but in recent years Wagyu cattle have been allowed to breed with native cows in places like Canada and the USA. However, authentic Wagyu beef will still set you back almost $1000 a kilo.



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