8 of the Most expensive Ingredients in the World
Ever though what is the most expensive ingredient in the World? We put together a list of a few of the more highly sort after ingredients available around the plant. Some seem quite regular others sound a little bit gross.
Jamón Ibérico de Bellota ($4,600 for a Bone-in Piece of Ham) The cured Iberian ham is produced from pigs that feed on bellota, or acorns, that fall from oak trees grown in central and southern Spain during a two-month period in fall and winter.
Cordyceps ($10,000 Per Pound) Dubbed a “superfood,” cordyceps are a mix of medicinal mushroom and caterpillar that only grow at elevations above 14,000 feet in the Himalayas of Bhutan and Tibetan Plateau
Balsamic Vinegar: Aceto Balsamico di Modena ($700 for 100 ml) Giuseppe Giusti’s 100-year-old balsamic vinegar, aged in cherry wood barrels and distilled to perfection thanks to family traditions passed down from 17 generations of vinegar specialists.
Caviar: Albino “White Pearl” Caviar (Over $3,000 Per Pound) Dubbed “white pearl,” this particular type of caviar is one of the most treasured on the market (the majority of starlet caviar is black), harvested from rare, freshwater albino sturgeon farmed in northern Europe
Truffle: Alba White Truffle (up to $45,000 per pound) Considered the most valuable truffle (and most expensive), the “diamond of Alba” are white truffles found in Italy’s Piedmont region
Saffron (Up to $10,000 Per Pound) Since only the red pistols of the saffron flower (the stigmata) are harvested, one pound of the spice requires about 75,000 flowers mainly produced in Greece and Iran but has now begun production in the UK and Australia
Red Bird’s Nest (Up to $5,000 Per Pound) Small swiftlets use their protein-rich saliva as a natural glue to stitch together edible nests, typically served in soup form in Traditional Chinese Medicine to boost immunity and improve complexion
Pule ($1,700 Per Pound) Donkey milk is said to contain 60 times more Vitamin C than cow’s milk and offer anti-allergenic properties. Since donkeys only produce about 1.5-2 liters of milk per day
To be honest I’m just trying to think of a recipe that might be able to use all these ingredients in the same dish.