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Old 05-24-2014, 03:32 AM
 
Location: Finland
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Expensive:
-Heirloom tomatoes, particularly in the winter when regular commercial "tomatoes" verge on the inedible. A single large-ish tomato can run almost $10, but as an occasional indulgence...
-King crab legs. The kind where the meat inside is as bit around as a baby's forearm, and just about as long.
-Irish butter. Two or three times as expensive as normal butter, but oh so worth it if the butter is to be a focal point. It's almost like a delicate, fatty cheese.
-Imported Prosciutto, preferably with a ripe summer melon.
-Various local and imported cheeses
-Dry roasted macadamia nuts. So much more flavorful than more common kinds of nuts.

Odd:
-Fern fiddleheads, either raw and freshly picked, or sauteed in a bit of butter
-Wild gooseberries and mulberries. Domestic does not seem to have anywhere near the flavor of wild
-Dozens of kinds of wild mushrooms I used to harvest in the woods

Can you tell I have a place in my heart for wild foods? I grew up on a farm, and one of the first things I learned as a child is what you could forage and how to prepare it. We weren't crazy survivalists or anything, it just so happens that natural, wild foods taste delicious!

I am sure there are many other things I love to eat that others would consider odd or expensive, but these are the ones that come to mind.
Wild fruit and veg definitely tastes better than the cultivated kind. I adore wild forest raspberries - tiny but so sweet and full of flavour. Same as wild bilberries (blueberries taste like water compared to them).


Talking of berries reminded me of another expensive delicacy (and odd I suppose as it isn't available outside of the Nordics and possibly Canada) - cloudberries. I hope to pick some when I go up to Lappi this year, they are delicious with cream and sugar.
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Old 05-24-2014, 03:44 AM
 
Location: Manayunk
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Blood oranges, meyer lemons, dragon fruit.

King Crab legs, soft shell crabs, lobster, clams, basically any crustacean.

Also love macadamia nuts and making plantains. Love when they turn black and chopping them up, tossing in brown sugar and deep frying.
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