The thing is that most of the foods we eat aren’t rare at all. Our diet consists of popular foods that are largely inexpensive.
You may think you already know your favourites when it comes to food, but there are all kinds of delicious ingredients and dishes out there just waiting to be tried. Expand your foodie horizons by experimenting with new and exotic flavours in the form of the world’s best and most luxurious rare foods – from meat that comes from beer-fed cows to the most expensive truffles.
Birds Nest Soup
If some of your favourite soups include tomato soup, carrot and coriander and broth, you’ve probably never considered giving bird’s nest soup a try before.
Bird’s nest soup may be incredibly rare, but the Chinese love it and refer to it as the “Caviar of the East.”
And, yes, it is composed of a bird’s nest. If you can stomach the idea of eating a bird’s nest that has been deconstructed and converted into a soup, give it a whirl.
If, however, the idea of making flock of bird’s homeless just so you can have some dinner doesn’t sit too well with you, stick with tomato soup.
Truffles can be really expensive, generally because they’re not easy to cultivate. The Italian White Alba Truffle tops the lot, and can be priced at up to a whopping $160,000. Wowzers!
Just like you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, nor should you judge durian by its odour. Despite being dubbed the ‘king of fruit’, it’s also one of the world’s smelliest, and has even been banned from some public places in Southeast Asia. But, no matter what the critics say, don’t be put off by durian’s aroma or prickly outer layer – its flavour is actually very sweet and indulgent.
Caviar is well-known for being the “wealthy” dish that only the rich upper class can afford. Caviar is actually a more elegant term for fish eggs, and it is actually quite difficult to produce.
Though caviar isn’t all that rare itself per say, Almas Caviar is the rarest of them all and is known for being the “gold standard” of fish eggs. Procured from the Beluga Sturgeon fish, which is basically a species of fish that used to rub shoulders with the dinosaurs, you can bag yourself a pound of the stuff for just $15,500. Bargain.
Steak aficionados may well have head of Kobe beef, but there is no guarantee that you will have tasted it. Kobe beef is produced in Japan, and is rare because of the amount of time and care that has to be put into the cows that produce it. Basically, these cattle have to be monitored and controlled up close all their lives. You cannot miss a moment if you want to produce fine, cured Kobe beef.
To give you an idea of the amount of tender love and care you have to devote to your cows in order to extra Kobe beef, farmers have to feed them only the finest grass available before giving them daily massages.
Meanwhile, the farmer’s wife is grumping in the kitchen because she isn’t being given a massage!
Chances are, you’ve already heard of Saffron. This Indian spice is incredibly expensive, and whenever it’s used in foods to add flavour and texture, it’s used VERY sparingly. Basically, if you use too much, you risk spending all your money you (n)ever had.
Saffron is really rare because it’s difficult to harvest. Just to produce a single solitary pound of the stuff requires up to a staggering 75,000 saffron flowers – essentially, the size of a soccer field. And the price of a pound of Saffron? $5,000.
Miracles are rare, so it wouldn’t make any sense for miracle fruit to be mass-produced. This tiny, red coloured fruit is found in West Africa, where the lucky local habitants get to make the most of its sweet taste.
But miracle fruit is more than just a pretty face, and has been found to bring back the appetite of those suffering from cancer. It also has a few nicknames too, including sweet berry and miraculous berry. We think they should just call it Downright Awesome Berry and be done with it.
Bee pollen as a super food is so rare that you definitely won’t find it at your local supermarket. If you enquired about its availability at your local green-grocers, you’d probably be told to come back to earth and eat a few tomatoes instead. After all, who eats bee pollen?!
Well, the Chinese actually. The Chinese have been gorging on bee pollen for centuries, knowing full well that the stuff is packed with vitamins, protein and antioxidants.
If you do shop around for it, be careful who you buy from. You don’t want to end up with wasp venom by mistake!
Cherimoya is a grape-looking fruit that is found in the Andes mountain range that lies between South American nations Chile and Argentina. One of the rarest fruits on the continent, it has a sweet taste and emits a fragrant smell that reminds one of perfume. It’s definitely elegant!
Although it’s super rare, it contains numerous essential minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that benefit our health, removing toxins from the body.
So good they named it twice, these berries from Peru and Brazil are packed with 30 times more vitamin C than your average orange. Camu Camu is also rich in potassium, calcium and iron. The bad news is that it’s pretty darn rare and you’d probably have to fly to the Amazon rainforest to get hold of some for yourself.
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