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122 – World’s Top Ten Lavish Food.

世界でもっとも高価な食べ物(世界のラビッシュフード TOP 10)

Here’s a list of most expensive foods in the world. These foods become that expensive because of their scarcity and also exclusivity. We have to be rich just to enjoy eating these foods everyday. But If You just want to consume these foods once a year, then you don’t have to be that rich. So let’s take a look at the list of most expensive foods in the world.
1.Yubari Melons.
 Another type of expensive melon, the world’s most expensive cantaloupes are a pair of Yubari melons and were the first auction of the 2008 season. They had previously been judged the best pair and were purchased by the owner of a nearby seafood lunchbox and souvenir business. It had some competition—100 melons grown by farmers from Yubari were also judged.
     2. Domenico Crolla’s “Pizza Royale 007″ – $4200

The 12 inch pizza pie is densely packed with an assortment of some of the world’s most expensive food ingredients, such as lobster marinated in cognac, caviar soaked in champagne, sunblush tomato sauce, Scottish smoked salmon, venison medallions, prosciutto, and vintage balsamic vinegar. In addition to all these fine ingredients, it’s topped with a significant amount of edible 24-carat gold flakes.

3. The Zillion Dollar Frittata – $1000
 This absurdly expensive breakfast item consists of a mixture of eggs, lobster and 10 ounces of sevruga caviar (which costs the restaurant $65 per ounce). On the menu next to the expensive omelet there is a challenge that reads, “Norma dares you to expense this.”
4.  The World’s Most Expensive Bagel – $1000

This bagel, created by Executive Chef Frank Tujague for New York’s Westin Hotel, is topped with white truffle cream cheese and goji berry infused Riesling jelly with golden leaves. The bagel’s price is justified when you consider that white truffles happen to be the second most expensive food by weight, eclipsed only by caviar. The underground fungus grows only under specific oak trees in Alba, Italy. Their pheromone-like odor is considered to be an aphrodisiac and is the reason dogs and female pigs are used to hunt the precious truffle.

5.Almas Caviar – $25,000

 

Almas caviar comes from Iran making it extremely rare and extremely expensive. The only known outlet is the Caviar House & Prunier in London England’s Picadilly that sells a kilo of the expensive Almas caviar in a 24-karat gold tin for £16,000, or about $25,000. Coincidentally, it is also where you can find the most expensive meal in Britain. The Caviar House also sells a £800 tin for those on a smaller budget.

6.Matsutake Mushrooms – $1000/pound
 The matsutake, or mattake, mushroom is expensive because of its rarity. While its historical prevalence meant it was nearly synonymous with autumn in Japan, the introduction of an insect that kills the trees under which the mushroom grows has caused a dramatic decrease in the number of matsutake mushrooms. A method for farming the matsutake has yet to be developed, which means the lack of trees from which to harvest these mushrooms naturally is a serious problem for the species.
7. Wagyu Steak – $2800
 While Wagyu cattle are raised both in and outside Japan, the Kobe varietal which is raised specifically in the Hyogo prefecture is the most elite. Employing the most traditional production methods, Kobe beef comes from cows that are allegedly fed only beer and massaged by hand to ensure a tenderness and marbling beyond compare. These dishes can be out of range for the average restaurateur, carrying an unhealthy load of fat and a price tag to match. For your next after-work social, you might try taking your associates to New York City’s Craftsteak, where a full Wagyu rib eye was served up to a private party for $2800.
8.Samundari Khazana, the World’s Most Expensive Curry – $3200
To celebrate the DVD release of Slumdog Millionaire, Bombay Brassiere packed this curry platter full of the most expensive ingredients they could find. Devon crab and white truffle and a half tomato filled with Beluga caviar and dressed with gold leaf are just the start of this lavish dish. A Scottish lobster, also coated with gold, four abalone and four shelled and hollowed quails’ eggs filled with even more caviar round out the dish.
9.Dansuke Watermelon – $6,100

In a country where watermelons are rare game, they can be a costly commodity. That’s how a 17-pound Japanese watermelon became the most expensive watermelon in the world. Densuke watermelons, a type of black watermelon grown only on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, are usually given as gifts due to their extraordinary rarity. There were only sixty-five of the fruits among the first harvest this season. They are harder and crisper than the watermelons we Americans are used to and, according to Tohma Agricultural Cooperative’s spokesman, they “have a different level of sweetness.”

10. Italian White Alba Truffle – $160,406
Expensive truffles are notoriously pricey because they are difficult to cultivate. This makes them a true delicacy which some have called the king of all fungi. The Associate Press reported that a real estate investor and his wife from Hong Kong have paid $160,406 USD for a gigantic Italian White Alba truffle which is reportedly the world’s most expensive ever. The most expensive truffle weighs in 1.51 kilograms (3.3 lbs). 

「良いものができた」夕張メロン、今年の初収穫


今年の収穫が始まった夕張メロン=栗原怜里撮影

北海道夕張市特産の夕張メロンの収穫が12日始まった。

3〜4月に好天が続いたことから、甘みも十分なものができたという。

この日は、夕張メロン組合(136戸)のうち、4戸で初収穫が行われた。同組合長で、市内滝ノ上の工藤政則さん(47)のハウスでは、色つやや身 の詰まり具合などを確かめながら、丁寧につるを切り取っていった。工藤さんは「良いものができた」と笑顔を見せた。13日に札幌市中央卸売市場で初競りが 行われる。

夕張市農協によると、今年は、組合として約207ヘクタールでメロンを栽培、約300万個の出荷を予定している。

(2011年5月12日17時31分  読売新聞)

2玉100万円!夕張メロンの初競り…札幌

夕張メロンの初競り。2玉で最高100万円(13日午前、札幌市で)=山本高裕撮影

北海道を代表する夏の味覚・夕張メロンの初競りが13日、札幌市中央卸売市場で行われた。

落札額は平年の2倍近い2玉100万円で、東日本大震災などで低迷する景気回復への願いを込める高値がついた。

午前7時からの初競りは、市場関係者ら約100人がひしめく熱気の中で始まり、昨年に続いて仲卸会社「蔵重商店」(札幌市)が落札。市場によると、夕張メロン誕生50周年のご祝儀相場で2玉150万円がついた昨年には及ばないが、過去4番目の高値だという。

落札したメロンは、市内の青果店などで作る三つの組合に寄贈する。同社の渡会和雄・販売企画部長(49)は「震災などで全国的に景気は厳しいが、新たな気持ちで生産者に頑張ってほしいとの願いを込めた」と、控えめに話した。

(2011年5月13日15時22分  読売新聞)

Half cut of Yubari melon

Yubari melons in a cardboard box

Bitter Melon 10:1

Bitter Melon 10:1

Bitter Melon is an important food and medicinal staple in tropical parts of the world. Perhaps more importantly, Bitter Melon has demonstrated great promise in recent studies for the treatment of diabetes and may have great potential in the treatment of other serious malignant diseases, including leukemia (although there is no definitive evidence to prove this last claim). Traditional herbalists have long used it as a male aphrodisiac, a treatment for certain malignancies and infections and even a remedy for bad breath. Extracts of Bitter Melon (often called Balsam Pear) may also be more effective than popular prescription drugs for destroying certain strains of herpes viruses.

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Botanical: Momordica charantia
Family: Cucurbitaceae (gourd/squash)

Other Common Names: Balsam Pear, Bitter Cucumber, LaGua, Cerasee, Bitter Gourd, Bitter Squash, Karela, Leprosy Gourd, Momordica, Wild Cucumber

History:
Bitter Melon is a fast-growing annual vine that is native to southern Asia and also cultivated in the tropical and subtropical climates of Africa, Asia and other warm-weather regions of the world, where it grows in savannas and bush. This fast-growing climber that was naturalized in the Americas, reaches a height of six feet and bears deeply lobed leaves, yellow flowers and orange-yellow fruit. The plant is grown as a crop in rich, well-drained soil in full sun in a minimum of about sixty degrees Fahrenheit. Although the seeds, leaves and vines of Bitter Melon have all been used in traditional herbal medicine throughout the world, the fruit, which resembles a cucumber with bumps, is the primary part of the plant used medicinally. Bitter Melon has been used in China for centuries as a vegetable and in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); and practitioners of Chinese medicine have used it for hundreds of years as a powerful treatment high blood sugar. Its actions were described as “bitter in taste, non-toxic, expelling evil heat, relieving fatigue and illuminating” in the famous Compendium of Materia Medica by Li Shizhen (1518-1593), one of the greatest physicians, pharmacologists and naturalists in China’s history. Balsam Pear-Bitter Melon was introduced to Europe in 1710, and was recorded as a garden plant in France in 1870. It has long been used as an important medicinal herb and as a food plant in tropical Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and South America. In India, it is eaten as a vegetable or in curries (after it has been soaked to remove its bitterness), and it is an important ingredient in Chinese cuisine for its bitter flavor. Bitter Melon has also been an ingredient in teas and beer or added to season soups and stews. Active chemical constituents in Bitter Melon include a mixture of steroidal saponins known as charantin, insulin-like peptides (polypeptide-b) and alkaloids. It is still unclear which of these is most effective or if all three work together when used to reduce blood glucose. An unidentified constituent in Balsam Pear also appears to inhibit the enzyme guanylate cyclase, which may be of benefit to people with psoriasis.

Beneficial Uses:
Bitter Melon is a considered a “cooling” tonic that is used to generally cool the body and reduce fever. It is also said to soothe irritated tissues.

Considered an herbal laxative and a diuretic, Bitter Melon is reputed to cleanse toxins from the system. In traditional herbal medicine, the herb was a remedy for dysentery and a treatment for colitis.

There is growing evidence that Bitter Melon may be helpful in the treatment of Type-2, adult-onset diabetes. In clinical and lab tests, the herb showed some ability to reduce rises in blood sugar after eating. Constituents, charantin and polypeptide-b, appeared to help reduce blood sugar and urine glucose levels in subjects with diabetes mellitus; and by improving utilization of carbohydrates, there was also a decrease in the frequency of urination, but it is important to remember that diabetics should always consult with a physician before embarking on a regime of Bitter Melon supplements. Charantin is also thought to stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin. The March, 2008, issue of the international journal, Chemistry & Biology, reported that scientists at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica found four compounds in Bitter Melon that appear to activate the enzyme AMPK, a protein well known for regulating fuel metabolism and enabling glucose uptake, with the advantage that Bitter Melon has no known side effects.

Bitter Melon is said to be a useful agent for treating infections associated with retroviruses, including HIV. Extracts of Balsam Pear are also thought to be more effective than popular prescription drugs for destroying strains of herpes viruses (it is believed to kill acyclovir-resistant herpes viruses), including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Bitter Melon is said to be an effective anthelmintic that destroys parasites and expels worms from the intestinal tract, and it is also considered a laxative herb that soothes irritated tissues of the intestinal tract.

Bitter Melon has been used in traditional herbal and folk remedies to help treat infections and some malignant diseases, including leukemia, but no clinical trials have as yet proven these claims. Preliminary research from the University of Colorado (2010) suggests that extracts from Bitter Melon may interfere with chemical pathways involved in cancer growth. The extracts turned off signals telling the malignant breast cells to divide and switched on signals encouraging them to commit suicide. The findings, which were published in the journal, Cancer Research, indicated that although promising, trials were still needed to establish its value without side effects.

For external use, Bitter Melon has been known to relieve hemorrhoids, skin eruptions, chapped skin, psoriasis and burns; and when added to a salve, it helps to soothe skin irritations and reduce the itching of poison ivy. In years past, a salve made from the fruit was a popular remedy with quilters for healing sore and pricked fingertips.

Ingredients:
100% Bitter Melon Botanical Extract (10:1) – Our products contain 100% pure plant-based/natural materials using no fillers, grains, yeast, sugars, binders, excipients, starches, or synthetic materials.

Recommended Dosage:
Take two (2) capsules, one (1) time each day with water at mealtimes.

Contraindications:
Pregnant women should avoid this product, as it may stimulate uterine contractions. Bitter Melon Herbal Supplement should never be used by those who suffer with hypoglycemia, since it may possibly worsen or trigger low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Also, diabetics who take prescription hypoglycemic drugs or insulin should not take Bitter Melon unless under a physician’s direction. Do not use Bitter Melon if you have cirrhosis of the liver or a medical history of hepatitis or HIV infection compounded by liver infection. It is recommended that Bitter Melon should be used for four weeks only, and then discontinued for four weeks before beginning regimen again.

Capsule Information:
Our Bitter Melon 10:1 supplements are encapsulated in 100% Gluten-free, Vegetable Cellulose, Certified Kosher, size ’00’ Capsules. (click here for size comparison) Each capsule contains approximately 600 mgs.

Special Note:
If any medical terms on our website are confusing or unknown, we have compiled a small dictionary of terms for you. Click here for our Definitions, and go directly to the word in question for further information.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein by Herbal Extracts Plus is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Variety Melons

If you love melons but want to try something more unique than the standard Honeydew Melon, Cantaloupe and Watermelon, the Produce Department at The Fresh Market is a great place to start! Our unique melon varieties include:

Orange Flesh Honeydew – The orange flesh honeydew melon is a varietal of honeydew melon which has been bred to be especially flavorful and juicy. These melons may look like cantaloupes at first glance when sliced, but they do not have the netted skin of the classical cantaloupe, and the flavor resembles that of a honeydew melon, not a cantaloupe.

Sharlyn – The Sharlyn melon looks like an elongated cantaloupe with a thinner, mosaic-like exterior netting. This melon has a distinct, perfume-like fragrance and a pale green interior. They are somewhat similar to the taste of a Crenshaw melon. Galia

Galia – Originating from a cantaloupe-honeydew cross, round Galia melons have deep green flesh. Like any melon, they are sweet and aromatic, with a flavor more like a cantaloupe than honeydew.

Persian – The Persian melon has an orange background with green netting. Be sure to enjoy soon after purchase as this variety is extremely perishable.

Casaba – Fairly large and firm, Casaba melons have a rich, thick yellow rind that is smooth with deep wrinkles.

Canary – A large, bright yellow melon with a pale green to white flesh. This oblong melon has a distinctively sweet flavor that is slightly more tangy than a honeydew melon.Crenshaw Melons

Crenshaw – A Crenshaw melon is a hybrid round melon with very sweet, juicy orange flesh. Crenshaws are among the sweetest of melons, making them a popular melon during their peak season between July and September.

Recipe Ideas
Make your melons go further than the fruit bowl with some tasty recipe ideas:

Cantaloupe & Walnut Salad (View Recipe)Balls of ripe cantaloupe tossed with toasted maple walnuts and topped with fresh mint. This salad is a refreshing summer treat.
Grilled Halloumi Salad with Watermelon and Mint (View Recipe)– If you like your watermelon with a sprinkle of salt, this salad is for you! The salty flavor of Halloumi cheese, sweetness of watermelon and touch of fresh mint is going to delight your taste buds.
Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette (View Recipe)Another sweet and salty combination, this salad of freshly diced watermelon, spicy red onion, mint and salty Feta cheese tossed with a homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette is a great summer side.

Variety Melons


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