Only three ingredients in the world are priced at $20,000 or more per kilogram, with those being Almas Caviar ($25,000 per kilogram), Edible Gold ($23,000 per kilogram) and Yarsta Gunbu Fungus ($20,000 per kilogram). The most expensive ingredients in the world are all listed here on this new infographic from the team at HowToCook.recipes, with a fascinating look that offers some interesting ingredients with very high prices attached.
The world’s most expensive ingredient is produced in Iran. Almas Caviar, priced at $25,000 per kilogram, is also packaged in pure gold. Caviar is priced so expensively because it typically comes from older fish, and it’s proven to be difficult to find fish of such an advanced age in the wild. Because of this, demand highly outweighing the supply makes caviar the most expensive food around the world. In fact, in the top ten most expensive ingredients listed on this infographic, Beluga Caviar is the 8th most expensive ingredient, priced at $8,500 per kilogram and also produced in Iran.
Of the 35 expensive ingredients that are featured on this infographic, eight of them come from Japan, with them being used commonly in Japanese cuisine. Of the eight, the three most expensive are Yubari King Melon ($12,000 per kilogram), Ruby Roman Grapes ($10,900 per kilogram) and Densuke Watermelon ($5,000 per kilogram), the latter of which is commonly given as a gift in Japan. The other expensive ingredients featured that come out of Japan include Matsutake Mushroom ($2,000/kg), Matsusaka Beef ($500/kg), Kobe Beef ($450/kg), Bluefin Tuna ($440/kg) and Fugu ($265/kg). According to this research, it was found that the most expensive fruit in the world is also grown in Japan. The Yubari King melon is priced at $12,000 per kilogram, and in Japanese culture, which is known for its luxury fruit culture, Yubari King melons are also given as a gift.