The most expensive products in the world are matsutake mushrooms, marbled beef, densuke watermelon, yubari melon, white truffle.
Translated from Japanese, matsutake means "pine mushroom", belongs to the family of ordinary and grows in Asia (China, Japan and Korea), Northern Europe (Finland and Sweden), as well as in North America. This mushroom grows only in the wild under certain rare species of conifers and hides in such a way that it is very difficult to find it. But those who have tried it assure that the taste and aroma of matsutake cannot be compared with anything in this sublunary world. Unsurprisingly, this delicacy costs around $ 1,000 a pound.
Or wagyu is meat that is obtained as a result of a special technology for fattening gobies. Marbled beef is produced in the Kobe region of Japan. To get a wagyu, you need to take a certain (elite) breed of bull, walk it in clean fields, then immobilize and feed it exclusively with rice grain, and give it a special beer (and sometimes something stronger, for example, sake), constantly examining the animal so that he did not develop bedsores. And - voila - the meat is ready!
As a result of all these manipulations, it became very beautiful, and most importantly - rich in unsaturated fats that melt at room (!) Temperature. But it is not enough to grow wagyu, it still needs to be skillfully prepared. Therefore, marbled beef steaks are fried without oil, and sprinkled with sea salt instead of ordinary salt. This pleasure costs about $ 2800 per steak.
The Japanese are definitely a nation of wealthy gourmets, since this delicacy also hails from the land of the Rising Sun, which grows in Hokkaido. The whole "trick" of watermelon is that it is very rare (they say that only 60-70 of these watermelons ripen annually), and that it is almost black, like a huge black currant. This marvel has no other peculiarities - it tastes the same as all the other and less "privileged" brothers. Of course, you will not find densuke watermelons on the market - they are sold at auction for about $ 6,000 apiece.
In fact, yubari is not quite a melon, but a variety of it, it is more correct to call this fruit cantaloupe - a plant of the pumpkin family. Apparently, this is a cross between a melon and a pumpkin. This unusual fruit is grown only in one place of our huge planet - again in Japan (!), In the greenhouses of the small town of Yubari.
The yubari melon is the result of crossing two other cantaloupe species. They say that these melons are perfectly even, so you can draw a globe on them. However, it is unlikely that anyone would think of it, because for the price that this globe will cost, you can buy a small piece of a real “globe”, for example, a small plot of land somewhere near Moscow. Because yubari melon costs about 23-26 thousand dollars apiece.
True, such a price, unlike the price of a watermelon, densuke can be justified at least by something: the yubari melon has a special, extremely delicate and juicy taste.
All truffles are known to be very expensive, although many consider them poisonous. In general, there seems to be a lot of confusion about truffles in the gourmet world. One thing is clear - these mushrooms are very difficult to collect: they grow exclusively in certain places, are rare and in addition grow underground, so only pigs can find them, and they take them with them in search. No one has yet managed to artificially grow a truffle. In the press every now and then there are notes that somewhere someone bought another truffle for more than a tidy sum. So in 2004 a mushroom weighing 850 grams was sold for 28 thousand pounds, however, it did not manage to reach the buyer, because it is simply rotten (truffles are not stored for a long time, hence, among other things, their price is added).