There are expensive food items and then there are ridiculously expensive food items. We all consume wide varieties of food products on a daily basis and sometimes go for such delicacies which may be a tad bit heavier on the pockets. Caviar and foie gras are two items that we may equate with luxury. Your understanding of “expensive” food would depend on your own familiarity and dietary habits. Red salmon may be expensive for some, and for others, it may be truffles that would be deemed costly. Still, that is nothing as compared to a particular range of items that are priced so high that it is difficult to comprehend why it is so. Here are is a list of 10 such ridiculously expensive food items in the world:

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2. White Truffles

White Truffles

Truffles are already expensive and white truffles are even more so. These rare truffles come from Italy and Croatia and require very specific conditions to grow. They also have particular methods to collect and preserve them. Known for their amazing taste and aroma, these white truffles cost around $2100 in Europe.

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3. White Pearl Albino Caviar

White Pearl Albino Caviar

White Pearl Albino Caviar is perhaps the most expensive food item in the world. Made from rare albino fish eggs, this caviar can be as costly as $300,000 per kilogram. The fish called albino beluga that produces this very rare caviar lived in the Caspian Sea originally, but they are now almost extinct in their native environment.

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4. Swallow’s Nest Soup

Swallow's Nest Soup

Would you eat a bird’s nest in a soup? The Swallows’ Nest soup is a Chinese delicacy which is made with the nest of the swallow birds. Their nests are almost entirely made of saliva and no other foreign material. The high price is a factor because it is quite dangerous to collect the nests. Swallows build their nests on the cliffs and collecting them is quite an ordeal, with a risk of falling off the cliff. This interesting dish can cost as high as $3000 per kilogram.

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5. Saffron

Saffron

One of the most expensive and precious spices in the world, Saffron is expensive because it is such a labour-intensive crop. Saffron crocus or Crocus sativa flowers are grown for only seven days a year in autumn. They are then collected by hand and carefully roasted to dry. It has been grown in the Mediterranean and Asia for a long time. This flavourful spice costs more than $500 per ounce.

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