Until I was in college, I thought Olive Garden was a top-level fancy restaurant. It was the most expensive restaurant in town; the kind of place the rich kids went for graduation dinners. It came as a real surprise to me that many people consider Olive Garden a pretty average restaurant. As it turns out, food gets more expensive than I ever knew was possible. The Whole Foods salad bar charges more for a plate of food than it costs to fill up your F150. And sure, Los Angeles is all about fancy juices that cost $15 and $8 grain-fed coffees, but it doesn’t stop there — some foods cost thousands of dollars just for one serving. And so, to prove that rich people have no idea how to spend their money, I have assembled a list of the most expensive foods in the world.
1. Mattake Mushrooms – $1,000
Mattake mushrooms are the most expensive mushrooms in the world because they’re very hard to find and grow under fallen leaves in the forest. The annual harvest in Japan is less than a thousand tons. I guess that’s not a lot of mushrooms? It sounds like a lot of mushrooms to me but what do I know.
2. Aged rib steak – $3,200
The most expensive steaks in the world run into the 2-3,000 mark, especially wagyu ribeyes and aged steaks. The current most expensive steak in the world is the 2000 vintage cote de boeuf, which is aged like a fine wine and sells for $3,200.
3. Densuke black watermelon – $6,100
Densuke black watermelons are extremely rare — each harvest produces only a few dozen melons. The taste is described as hard, crisp, and sweet. An average melon sells for about $200 but a 17 pound black watermelon sold at auction for $6,100.
4. Yubari king melons – $22,872
Yubari king melons are the most expensive melons in the world, prized for their sweetness and proportions and only grown in the Japanese city of Yubari. An average melon sells for about $100, but the most expensive pair of Yubari melons ever sold at auction for $22,872.
5. Almas caviar – $25,000
Of course caviar had to be on the list — it’s the quintessential rich person food. Almas caviar is the caviar of caviars, sold in only one store outside of Iran, the Caviar House and Prunier in London. One kilo comes in a 24 karat gold tin for 25k or a tasting size can be had for $1,250.
6. Italian white alba truffle – $160,406
Truffles are always expensive, which is why every $15 french fry appetizer now comes with truffle flavor. And white truffles are especially expensive, since they can’t be grown — they have to be foraged for in the woods with the help of specially trained dogs and pigs. Honestly, I’m wondering why I’m not a truffle hunter. Walking through the woods with a trained pig sounds like the LIFE. Alba truffles are the most prized, selling at $2,000 a pound, and a particularly huge one sold in 2009 for over 150k. It looks like a rock. I wonder if the buyer noticed that.
What’s the most expensive food you’ve ever eaten? Tweet at me and let me know @erikaheidewald!