For what products are people willing to give big money? What makes them so expensive? Does the price match the quality? Here are some of the most expensive products in the world. And which of them did you try?
Saffron (wiki )
If the rice in your plate is bright yellow, then most likely saffron has been added to it.
Seasoning, which is also called “red gold”, is extracted from the stamens of crocuses and used as a food coloring. Outwardly, it resembles crimson strings.
Why is this little thing worth so much money?
The reasons are simple: saffron crocus blooms only a couple of weeks a year in the fall, and is harvested by hand.
Each flower has only three stamens, therefore, to get one kilogram of spices, you need to pick 300 thousand plants – these are about two football fields.
Sturgeon caviar is considered one of the main delicacies in the world. It is difficult to process and pack, but, more importantly, it is an extremely rare product.
The most famous is beluga caviar, which lives in the Caspian and Black Seas. This fish is endangered, therefore the legal sale of its caviar is very limited.
Sturgeon grows slowly – about 20 years.
Even more rare – sturgeon albino caviar, which is now almost extinct in its natural environment.
She even got into the Guinness Book of Records, when one kilogram of this product was sold for 34,500 dollars.
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What is considered a luxury today was not always the food of the rich. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, oysters were cheap, like potato chips.
There were so many of them that they were the staple food of workers in coastal communities where oysters were even added to meat pies.
However, over extraction and pollution of the environment had a catastrophic effect on the mollusk population, and the deficit increased their value.
Ten oysters in one of the best restaurants in London cost about £ 50.
Many are willing to fork over a couple of slippery mollusks. However, do not forget that with oysters you also buy a powerful aphrodisiac. Therefore, do not lose vigilance during lunch!
One of the most expensive and exquisite truffles in the world is white truffles from the province of Piedmont in northern Italy. These mushrooms grow next to only certain types of trees and have a very expressive aroma.
They can not be cultivated or grown at home – white truffle is found only in the wild.
To collect these delicious mushrooms, you need a lot of time and effort – and this, of course, affects their price.
The most expensive truffle was sold in 2007 at an international auction in Italy for 330 thousand dollars.
A delicacy weighing almost one kilogram was acquired by the owner of a casino from Macau Stanley Ho.
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In Spain and Portugal cook pork ham, which is salted, dried and dried according to a special technology and under certain conditions.
The best and most expensive Iberico ham is made from meat of pigs living on free grazing and eating exclusively cork oak acorns.
Depending on the diet of pigs, iberico is divided into three qualitative groups.
To get a product of the highest class – it is designated with a black label – pigs must eat exclusively acorns and herbs.
In addition, the process of drying ham lasts up to 36 months.
Jamon Manchade de Jabugo hit the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive ham in the world. In March 2016, sales of this product amounted to 3.193 million pounds.
Marbled beef vagyu
Vagyu is translated as “Japanese beef”, it is prepared from four different breeds of Japanese cows.
“Marble” meat is called because at the cut it resembles this stone very much. This effect is due to the thin layers of fat in the muscle tissue, which make the taste of meat surprisingly juicy, light and tender.
Especially prized marble beef, obtained from young bulls, grown by the ancient Japanese technology Kobe.
It consists in intensive feeding of the animal during the last three to four months before slaughter, with full restriction in movement.
When the bull reaches the desired weight, it is slaughtered. Meat turns out very gentle, and streaks remind the real marble pattern.
In Japan, a kilo of Kobe meat can cost more than £ 500.
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Always check where your coffee came from.
Among coffee celebrities is leading coffee Kopi-luvak. Yes, technically it is a drink, but if a kilogram of such coffee costs $ 700, it is worth mentioning.
An animal called musang loves to eat ripe coffee berries. They enter its gastrointestinal tract, where they are partially digested, and then excreted with animal excrement.
Some believe that this coffee is very tasty and unusual due to the fact that coffee beans are exposed to the gastric juice of the animal. Others argue that this is just a trick, and so you can only get a terrible espresso.
Unfortunately, farms are emerging now, where animals are kept in cages, like chickens, and are fed with coffee berries by force.
Foie gras – pasta made from goose or duck liver.
The dish has an elegant creamy taste and is a symbol of gastronomic chic.
However, the bird pays a much higher price for this product than people — geese and ducks are fed corn kernels so that their liver is 10 times its normal size.
The first recipes of goose pate are dated to 2500 BC, when the ancient Egyptians learned that the bird can be force fed to increase the liver.
Nowadays, this practice is considered unethical and is prohibited in many countries of the world – just like the production, import or sale of foie gras.