The sweet life
In the world there are not just expensive, but very expensive products. Sometimes it is difficult to understand why a kilogram of ordinary, at first glance, the potato is worth 20 thousand rubles, and a tea bag and even more – tens of thousands of dollars. But, it turns out, there is an explanation.
The most expensive spice in the world – saffron. This saffron – not that other, as the stamens of plants of the family krokusowa (Crocus sativus). There is also a false saffron, which is also called Imereti. It is made from the stamens of flowers of marigold. The price of a kilogram of saffron could cost up to $6 thousand This fabulous price of saffron is due to the complexity of its cultivation and harvesting technologies. To produce 1 kg of dry saffron you need to sort through approximately 2000 flowers. From 1 ha of plantation in the first year can be collected only 6 kg of saffron; in the second year, up to 20 kg. the Workpiece is carried out in the period of flowering in Sunny weather. Bright orange stigmas are cut manually on the first day of blossoming and dried.
If you think that the world’s most expensive caviar – black, you are deeply mistaken. The most prized Beluga caviar-albino “Almas”. This fish is found in the Caspian sea off the coast of Iran. The eggs have different shades: from pale grey to white. Lighter than the caviar, the more expensive it. Caviar “Almas” is exported from Iran and tusuetsya jars of pure gold. 100 grams of caviar cost about $2 thousand This delicacy is very perishable, so need to use it immediately after purchase. Connoisseurs disagree on the most expensive caviar in the world. Some believe that the pleasure of this rare product with a nutty flavor with nothing comparable, others say that in addition to the beautiful light color, special merits of Beluga caviar albino no.
Banal, seemingly, potatoes can also be a delicacy, when it comes to the variety La Bonnotte. It grows on the French island of Normate in the Atlantic ocean. Potato fields are fertilized only with seaweed on the technology that is transferred from generation to generation. Planted and harvested this variety only by hand, but it costs about 500 euros per kilogram. The world’s most expensive potato varieties La Bonnotte the taste is extremely gentle. According to legend, this divine tuber brought by none other than the Supreme God of the Inca Viracocha. Annually about 100 tonnes of potatoes in this class.
The world’s most expensive meat – marbled beef. Her “providers” Japanese cow breed Wagyu. The cost of a kilogram of meat comes to $1000. For many centuries Wagyu cows bred only in Japan, now they are also grown in Australia. Treat them like royals: they are fed the best grass, RUB sake, watered beer. Australian meat Wagyu even more expensive due to the fact that cows are made to drink red wine at $16 per bottle.
The world’s most expensive coffee made from beans that came from the intestine of civet — animal kind of civet cats. The variety called “Kopi Luwak”, “Kopi” in Indonesian means “coffee” and “Luwak” – the actual name of the animal. Coffee grows on the Islands of Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi. The animal is the civet, to whom we owe the most expensive coffee in the world, is a small predator, but he rather prefer a ripe and fragrant coffee beans. Their civet eats much less than you can digest. One time she even considered a pest. But then it turned out that the digestive enzymes of the animal improves the taste of the coffee by removing the bitterness. Locals gather not digested by civet coffee beans, a kilogram of which costs $300-400.
The world’s most expensive tea is called da Hong PAO – “the scarlet gown” in Chinese. This tea owes its name to the colour when the buds swell, the tea bushes look like they are dressed in red clothes. Da Hong PAO belongs to the Oolong – teas strong fermentation with intense flavor and aroma.
The world’s most expensive tea is da Hong PAO is produced from a sheet of six shrubs growing near the monastery Tianxin. Their age is estimated at 350 years. Per year going no more than 0.5 kg of this tea, while commercially available and less – not more than 20 g. In 2006 the entire crop gave at the Chinese national Museum as an exhibit. Since there is no official ban on the collection within Easy reach and today to try it out nobody can. The price of the most expensive tea in the world within Easy reach – at a time when there was ban on the collection, it reached dizzying heights. In 2005, 20 g of tea at the auction was sold for 208 thousand yuan ($25 thousand).
World’s most expensive chocolate is chocolate, released the Lebanese Patchi factory for sales in the British chain of Harrods – £ 5,000 per pack. In the package are 49 chocolates, wrapped in Indian silk handmade, decorated with silk roses, Swarovski crystals and even gold. Too difficult box: it is made of leather and silk, and separation – gold and platinum
The world’s most expensive pizza sold in Agropoli in the South of Italy for 8300 euros. At the home of the client come two cooks, and pizza (all except the basics) in front of him. The toppings include caviar tuna, crayfish, lobster, Buffalo mozzarella, red lobster, prawns and lobster. It’s covered with Louis XIII Remy Martin. Even the salt in the pizza difficult – Australian pink “Murray River”.
The world’s most expensive dessert you can try at new York restaurant “Serendipity 3” – provided that you have fun with $25 thousand For this money you get ice cream with 25 varieties of cocoa, decorated with whipped cream and slices of edible gold. To warn about the desire to eat this dessert in advance. By the way, utensils, a glass and spoon with a gold border and diamonds — you can take home with them.
The world’s most expensive sandwich is called “Platinum club sandwich von Essen”. It costs about $200 and is sold in a network “von Essen.” The sandwich includes Iberian ham, Bresse fowl, white truffles, quail eggs, dried Italian tomatoes and bread special.
The most expensive salad in the world is called Florette Sea&Earth. He served in the hotel’s restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons in Oxford. Among the ingredients of the salad – white Beluga caviar “Almas”, lobster, Cornish crab and lobster. There also added grated truffles, asparagus, young potatoes and salad, and all decorated with gold foil. The original dish is chef Raymond Le Blanca 635 pounds.
The world’s most expensive nut — macadamia. Previously, she was a major part of the diet of Australian aborigines and has now become a delicacy. Scientist, first described this kind of nuts, was named in honor of his friend, John Macadam (John Macadam), doctor of medicine, chemist. These nuts are also called mullimbimby, Boomer, Kendal-Kendal. The macadamia taste is reminiscent of hazelnut.
There are nine species of macadamia, five of them grow only in Australia. Two kinds are cultivated. There are plantations in Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Hawaii and southern USA. The height of the tree reaches 40 meters, it bears fruit up to 100 years. Since the kernel of the macadamia are hard to separate from the shell, these nuts are quite expensive, and grown less than black caviar.
Macadamia nuts are very high in calories and rich in valuable nutrients. He is well removes cholesterol from the body. Macadamia oil is a valuable cosmetic. It is easily absorbed into the skin, softens, nourishes and moisturizes it, and helps with sunburn.
Produce more than 40 tons of the delicacy annually. The cost of a kilogram of macadamia even in the “historic homeland” of the nut is greater than $30.