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Top 10 Rarest Foods Around The World And Where To Find Them

As adults, most of us feel that we have already tasted most of the foods available to eat. But there is, in fact, a hidden world filled with some of the rarest foods that most people will never have the luxury of tasting. Here 10 of the rarest foods from around the world and where to find them.

Tiffany King



There are some varieties of food, which are extremely rare and almost impossible for the ordinary individual to procure.

Most of them always carry a rather exorbitant price tag compared to common variants found in everyday food stores. Some though, are well worth going the extra mile to experience; even if only once.

Here are 10 of the rarest foods around the world and where to find them.

1. Saffron

An exotic spice that is native to parts of India and Greece, Saffron is often regarded as the finest of its kind on the planet.

Saffron can be grown in a variety of regions globally, but its rarity stems from its painstaking harvesting process. To produce a pound of this spice, 50,000 to 75,000 flowers must be cultivated and harvested.

A single pound of Saffron can go for as much as $5,000. Most “Saffron” found in stores are nothing more than cheap, red dye colored alternatives. [1]

2. Kobe beef

Top 10 Rarest Foods Around The World Kobe Beef

Kobe beef is obtained from a Japanese cow that is known as Waygu, which are reared from the Tajima strain and is only present in Hyogo Prefecture. Wagyu cows feed on the very best grass and are even given beer to relax them.

They also get to enjoy daily massage sessions that are said to enhance the tenderness of Kobe beef. For beef to obtain the label Kobe beef, it must first be subjected to a thorough marbling process.

It is then cooked until the point it’s just beneath body temperature. A genuine morsel of Kobe beef literally melts in the mouth when you eat it. A kilo of this variety of beef can go for as much as $770. [2]

3. Almas Caviar

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This is an Iranian delicacy, which is the most expensive variety of caviar worldwide [3]. It’s produced with harvested eggs of a rare species of albino Beluga Sturgeon that can only be found in the Caspian Sea. A pound of Almas Caviar set you back as much as $15,500.

4. Bird’s nest soup

Rarest Foods From Around The World Birds Nest Soup

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Bird’s nest soup is an Asian delicacy that has the distinction of being one of the rarest foods on the planet [4]. It is a highly sought after dish in regions of Indonesia, China, Malaysia and even Thailand.

A gelatinous dish, bird’s nest soup consists of twigs, feathers as well as yarn. Traditionally, it is prepared with coagulated saliva obtained from the nests of Swifts. This delicacy can go for up to $4,535 per pound.

5. Densuke watermelon

This fruit is grown in the Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, and less than 70 of them can be produced annually. The Los Angeles Times once ran a story about a single Densuke watermelon been auctioned for $6,000![5]

6. Raw puffin heart

Eating puffins is a local Iceland tradition. Over fifty percent of the Atlantic puffin population reside close to Iceland. This makes raw puffin hearts a region-specific delicacy.

Gordan Ramsay eats raw puffin heart in Iceland


7. Matsutake mushrooms

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This variety of mushrooms is grown all across the planet, including regions of Europe, US, Canada, and China. However, Matsutake mushrooms was first catapulted into the culinary limelight through Japanese cuisine.

As such, Matsutake mushrooms are a highly sought after dish in Japan, but also an incredibly hard one to produce. Those produced locally can go for as much as $2,000. [6]

8. Black truffles

Top 10 Rarest Foods Around The World Black Truffles

Perigord black truffles happen to be the rarest kinds of fungus currently existing on the planet. They are native to France and are noted for glowing when the dirt and mud are cleared from their surfaces.

Black truffles are highly acclaimed for their distinctive aroma, more than their taste, as is often the case with other existing truffles varieties. They are also considered to be infinitely better aphrodisiacs than white truffles. [7]

9. Chocopologie by Knipschildt

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This is an extremely rare type of chocolate that is made with black truffles. Each piece comes with a truffle in its center and is smeared with a rich and dark chocolate coating.

To indulge in this handmade variety of chocolate, you can expect to kiss goodbye to $2,680 for every pound purchased.

10. Casu Marzu

Top 10 Rarest Foods

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Casu Marzu is a kind of cheese, which is uniquely characterized by being crammed with maggots. It is native to Sardinia in Italy and prepared with sheep milk that is then left outdoors in order for cheese flies to lay their eggs within it. [8]

Despite the idea of consuming maggots being a turn-off and generally revolting to most people, Casu Marzu happens to be a well-regarded variety of cheese worldwide.


[1] Whats The Deal With Saffron?: SeriousEats
[2] How is Kobe Beef Made: Wikipedia
[3] Most Expensive Caviar In Th World: Guiness World Records
[4] Birds Nest Soup: Wikipedia
[5] The $6000 Watermelon: L.A Times
[6] Matsutake:
[8] Maggot Cheese Italian Food Culture: Experience Sardinia


Tiffany King
Jet-Setting Socialite & Writer at OverSavvy
Your go-to person for a killer dessert or the newest “it” cocktail, this diva brings it all—except the attitude. Not only can Tiffany tell you where to find the chicest bar stools or the most unbelievable travel destinations, but she’ll also clue you in on how to find the coolest entertainment "Hot Spots" in your favorite cities.
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