When you picture the height of luxury, what comes to mind? You may have thought of fast cars, fancy mansions, or shimmering jewelry. But one of life’s everyday pleasures can also indicate wealth. That pleasure is food.

Da Hong Pao Tea

There are several different Da Hong Pao Tea varieties – many of which are affordable – but the original Da Hong Tea can cost as much as $1,400 for one gram.


Dried saffron, used both for flavor and color, can sell for as much as $5,000 per kilogram. Imagine if salt was that expensive!

Iberico Ham

This type of ham comes from pigs that are fed acorns. Just one leg of Iberico ham can cost as much as $4,500. That totals to about $300 per pound of meat.

Kobe Beef Steak

If you’re going to order the most expensive food thing on any menu, there’s a good chance you’ll be eating a big, juicy steak. And at $850 per pound, the Kobe beef steak would almost certainly be the most expensive thing.

Foie Gras

This delicacy is the center of controversy. To fatten the liver, the animals must go through a unique feeding technique that many animal rights activists oppose. This process is partly why the product is so expensive at around $125 for a two-pound liver.

Bay Eel

These tiny little eels sell for as much as $2,000 per pound. Not only are they a huge deal in Maine, but they’ve hit the Japanese restaurant industry through fishermen who buy and raise the aquatic animals.

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