Moose Milk Cheese from Sweden is priced at $500 per pound; La Bonnotte potatoes from western France go for as a much as $1,543 per pound; Almas caviar from Iran sells for $25,000–comes in a 24K gold tin. Of course. Luxurious and wildly expensive food comes from all over the world. There is one country, however, that seems to have a larger number of luxury food items than any other country in the world.
Japan, the city of Tokyo specifically, is known for having one of the highest costs of living anywhere on the planet. Coincidentally, some of the world’s most expensive foods are found in shops and markets throughout the country. Certain food items in Japan are not just expensive, but also quite unique — items you just can’t find in the fresh fruit or meat sections of your own local grocery store.
Japan has a long-standing custom of presenting gifts to business associates and bosses as a token of appreciation. In the world of business, gift-giving signifies the importance the giver attaches to the relationship. Fruits in particular are popular options, especially high-end fruits, which create a lasting impression on Japanese clients, according to Tokyo-based corporate trainer Farhad Kardan. To meet demand, luxury fruit boutiques have popped up catering to well-heeled clientele out to impress.
From world-famous wagyu beef to melons to milk, Japan is blessed with a dizzying array of exotic and unique food choices. If you are a foodie at heart, a trip to this alluring country may be just the culinary experience you are seeking. Tantalize your taste buds, expand your taste pallet and sample some of the most expensive foods on the planet. Here are ten of Japan’s most expensive foodie choices.
10. Milk — $43
Brought to you by Japan’s Nakazawa Foods, this particular brand of milk sells for roughly $43 a quart, a price that is nearly thirty times more than ordinary milk. Aimed at “adults who live in a stressful society,” Nakazawa Foods milk product comes with special stress-relieving qualities. The milk is taken from the cows once a week at dawn, at a time when the animals release higher levels of melatonin, a hormone that supposedly has the ability to lower anxiety and even some forms of depression in people.