5. Beluga caviar, valued at $7,000 to $10,000 (RM29,242 to RM41,775) per kg
Consisting of salted roe (or eggs) of the beluga sturgeon Huso huso, Beluga caviar is the most expensive type of caviar available in the gourmet market. Don’t be surprised if market prices spike up in the near future; overfishing has led to the beluga sturgeon being considered critically endangered.
The eggs range in colour from dark grey (almost black) to light grey, with the lighter coloured and most valued ones coming from older fish. An extremely rare pearly-white variety, called Almas (Russian for ‘diamond’) or Gawad (Persian for ‘diamond’), is regularly sold for a whopping $34,500 (RM144,123) per kg and beautifully-packed in a 24-karat gold-plated tin. Almas is harvested from a rare albino sturgeon between 60 to 100 years old which swims only in the southern Caspian Sea of Iran.