Food prices fluctuate constantly. This is not only due to the fact that supermarkets always have individual items on offer, which prices seem particularly low. Other foods cost significantly more. In addition to these two categories, there is another. These foods generally occupy a special position. They are always high-price and are not always available. These foods are delicacies – not to mention common products such as goose liver paste or goat’s cheese. The products meant are the kobe beef, truffle, eel or caviar.
Meat of the expensive ox
The meat of the Kobe beef comes from a breed from Japan, the breed of the so-called Wagyu. The name Kobe-Rind may, however, only bear pure-breed Tajima cattle from the prefecture of Hyogo with the capital Kobe. In Germany the Japanese luxury meat can only be bought since summer 2014.
What is special is that the cattle experiences first-class treatment when compared to the cattle on our pastures. The animals are cared for and tended. Deep relaxation is the key word here. Their meat is therefore traversed by the finest adipose tissue. This makes the beef so extremely delicate – and at the same time so extremely expensive. “Meat” from the Kobe beef is sold for example at Albersfoodshop for 34 Euros per 100 grams. The price for a 500 gram steak is 170 Euros. Subtle flavoured meat is available for 8.99 Euros – but only as a burger.
Truffle for you
Truffles are black, white, grey or brown. Its shape resembles a tuberous stone with uneven surface. Unlike conventional fungi, they do not grow out of the ground, but underground. Depending on the variety they smell sometimes more, sometimes less intensively.
Truffles belong to the group of fungi. They have little in common with classical foam plants like mushroom, chanterelle or chestnut. For this reason they are not consumed as an accompaniment to fish or meat, but for purely gustatory reasons. Truffles are often used in sauces, pasta or rice. But they present their flavour in combination with potatoes or scrambled eggs.
French truffles are considered particularly aromatic. They are intense in taste and smell. Just a small amount is enough for cooking to express their dominance. The intensity determines the price. French truffles are therefore usually very expensive. Asian truffles are cheaper. By comparison, one gram of French Perigord truffle currently costs between 12 and 30 Euros; one gram of Asian truffle is between 0.32 and 0.50 Euros. Truffles are charged according to daily rates. The season, the region and the yield play a decisive role for the price.