If you think international fine foods are expensive, wait until you have tried some of the world’s priciest gourmet foods. From watermelons to cheese, here are some of the finest foods that will make you want to spend top dollar to try before you die.
1. Densuke Black Watermelon
Where to find it: Hokkaido, Japan
Why try it: The black Densuke is a type of watermelon only produced in Hokkaido in limited numbers. It is known for its black rind and uniquely-its-own sweet taste. The Densuke black watermelon is one of Japan’s most expensive fruits and has fetched more than $6,000 in an auction.
Where to find it: Japan
Why try it: Fugu refers to the extremely poisonous pufferfish or blowfish. Its poison is so lethal that eating it is like dancing with death. Fugu preparation in Japan is strictly regulated with only the handful of highly-trained and experienced chefs qualified to serve it. You can try a Fugu sashimi or chirinabe in one of the restaurants in Japan that serve it.
3. Pule Cheese
Where to find it: Serbia
Why try it: Pule cheese is a dairy product made from Balkan donkeys’ milk. It is one of the priciest, if not the most expensive, cheese in the world. It is prepared by milking the donkeys by hand to produce the required amount of milk to make the cheese.
4. White “Alba” Truffles
Where to find it: Northern Italy
Why try it: White “Alba” truffles is a rare type of truffle harvested in the fall or the first weeks of winter. They only grow in the wild and so scarce that a kilogram could fetch up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.