There is more to the amazing world of cheese than your typical grocery store brick would suggest. Many artisan cheeses are produced around the world via their own labor-intensive and intricate processes, which create stunning and complex flavor profiles. In this article we will show you 5 most prized cheeses in the world. Many are incredibly rare, their decadent ingredients make them a fromage fiend’s dream, and give the term “indulgence” a whole new meaning.
Clawson Stilton Gold
This entry is not so pricey because of the cheese itself. It is the fact that this white, British Stilton is injected with edible gold leaf and real gold liqueur. Clawson Stilton Gold cheese costs over $450 per pound with all that’s infused in the cheese. The cheese is used as a luxurious appetizer for the Christmas season. It was created by Long Clawson Dairy, and it was reported that famous pop stars and oil wealthy sheiks were interested in the gourmet, pricey cheese.
Elk House cheese
Not a lot of farmers produce cheese from moose milk, and for this reason, those who do can afford to charge a price reflective of the cheese’s rarity. Elk House can be found in Bjurholm, Sweden. Here, farmers Ulla and Christer Johansson have 3 milk-producing moose. The price per pound for moose milk cheese can be as high as $460, because the moose produce just 300 kg of milk a year. This unique cheese is served up at the Algen Hus restaurant, which is, of course, in Sweden.
You can be certain something will be expensive if it is rare and there is a high demand for the product. Such is the case when it comes to Pule cheese, which is Serbian cheese that is made from the milk of Balkan donkeys. Pule cheese can fetch a price as high as $600 per pound. The difficulty in milking donkeys, and the small amount of donkeys capable of producing the milk needed for the cheese, play a huge role in high price of this smoked cheese.
This Italian cheese is famous for both its taste and high price tag. An average price of about $650 per pound makes this cheese one of the most expensive in the world. Although the name of the cheese means horse cheese, in reality horses have nothing to do with the production of this cheese. This famous Italian cheese is made from the milk of very rare breed of cow called the Podolica in the Campania region. The herds of the cows are moved up to the mountains in the summer months to feast on cherries, blueberries and strawberries. As a result, this diet gives the cheese an elegant, fruity flavor.
Frome cheese platter
This luxurious collection of cheese, with all the accoutrements and the serving trays, is worth more than $3,300. The cheese platter was displayed in Somerset, England, at the Frome Cheese and Agricultural Show. Pule, one of the world’s rarest and most expensive cheeses was included in the platter alongside other prized cheeses. However, the fancy wooden cheese board and the silver cheese tray account for $1,200 of the total value of the assemblage.