The goodness of gold!
Finally, we wrap up the list of 10 most expensive ingredients in the world with Edible Gold (Gold Leaf/Dust). A quick recap on the previous ones:
- Kopi Luwak
- Matsutake Mushroom
- Yubari Melon
- Coffin Bay King Oysters
- Hop Shoots
- Moose Milk Cheese
With $15,000 as the estimated price per pound, Edible Gold in the form leaves and dust dates back to the 16th century where it was used by the Italian Dukes and Earls to decorate their risottos. It was also used in medicines by the Alchemists of the 15th century, on fruits in luxurious banquets by the Elizabethans and by the Japanese in their food and sake for centuries.
And you thought gold could only be jewellery?
#10 – Edible Gold (Gold Leaf/Gold Dust)
How is gold edible? As this expensive food is a metal that is ‘biologically inert’ which means it doesn’t get absorbed by the digestive tract as it passes through it. Hence, it becomes pretty much consumable.
Whether you use it as a garnish on dishes or as floating gold flecks in beverages, make sure you select gold that is pure – 22-24 carats is what you should look for. A carat value less than this would mean that the gold is impure and can be harmful for consumption.
While it’s not exactly possible to create a dish completely of edible gold, we bring to you some of the dishes from around the world that use this pricey metal in one or the other way, alongwith other pricey ingredients. Check these out
- Le Burger Extravagant priced at $295 in New York’s Serendipity 3 Restaurant.
- Douche Burger priced at $666 at 666’s Burger, a New York City based Food Truck.
- The Golden Bagel priced at $1,000 in New York’s Westin Hotel.
- Billion Dollar Popcorn priced at $1000 per kg at Berco’s Popcorn, Chicago.
- The Golden Opulence Sundae priced at $1,000 in New York’s Serendipity 3 Restaurant.
- White Truffle and Gold Leaf Pizza priced at $2,400 at Margo’s Pizzeria, Malta.
- Lancashire Wagyu and Mushroom Pie priced at $14,260 or $1,781 per slice at The Fence Gate Inn, Lancashire.
- Fabergé Chocolate Cake priced at $34,500 at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Windermere, Cumbria.
Wouldn’t you now want to give edible gold a try? Actually, you must as it’s going to be an experience in itself.
So, here we are, done with our list of expensive ingredients in the world. What’s on your list of expensive ingredients? Tell us about it, share your experiences with us. We are waiting to hear from you!