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10 Luxurious Ingredients In The Kitchens Of World-Renowned Chefs

They say money can’t buy happiness. But one thing money can buy is dishes made with luxurious ingredients costing hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Foodies passionate about the luxury experience will surely add the following ingredients to their bucket list.

1. Saffron

Saffron is made from the three stigmas of the crocus flower. Thousands of flowers are used to create just one ounce of saffron. That’s why it’s included in only the most expensive dishes.

2. White Alba Truffles

Truffles are expensive and difficult to grow because they have no outer protective layer. For example, the Italian White Alba Truffle only grows in a specific region of the world during particular seasons. Two pounds of truffles cost $85,000.

3. Oysters

Oysters used to be a staple food among the lower class, but now they’re considered a luxury food.

4. Caviar

It takes six years for the sturgeon fish to produce eggs. That’s why farming caviar is a serious investment. Farmers need to wait even longer to age the caviar and increase its value.

5. Kobe Beef

Kobe beef is made from cows raised in Japan. Farmers abide by strict rules regarding feed blends and pastures so that the steak develops a marbled appearance. Only 3,000 cows per year are used to produce Kobe beef.

6. Lobster

Catching and plating lobster requires extreme care and attention, increasing its value. In addition, the cost of lobster has gone up in recent years due to poor weather conditions. Freezing temperatures and strong winds in the Northeast delay the start of the lobster season and lower catch, raising prices.

7. Black Densuke Watermelons

Black watermelons only grow on the Japanese coast and sell for $6,000 each. They’re known for their sweetness, making them a highly sought-after fruit.

8. Edible Gold Leaf

You’d be surprised to learn that some forms of gold are edible. Gold leaves cost $15,000 per pound and are mostly used on expensive cakes and desserts.

9. Angulas

Angulas are baby eels from Northern Spain, though they look like glass noodles. They hatch in the Gulf Stream and take a two-year journey to Europe, typically arriving on Spain’s shores. Expect to pay $500 per pound for Angulas.

10. Fugu

Fugu is a highly poisonous pufferfish found in traditional Japanese food. Chefs undergo years of training to obtain a license to serve fugu fish in a meal.

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