The Most Expensive Varieties of Honey on Earth $$$
Two words – expensive honey. Honey ain’t cheap my friends – we all know that. That being said, try to keep this in mind the next time you are haggling prices at your local farmer’s market or grocery store. Like all natural resources, price increase with scarcity. “Honey isn’t scarce,” you say. Well, that is a matter of opinion. Regarding the base and modified products you find in the big block grocery stores – that is true. However, there are lots of consumers out there who are always on the lookout for the unusual, special, and hard to find bee food.
The Cream of the Crop
Now be advised, this list may be contested. I offer these varieties up as what I have encountered in my travels as the most expensive options out there. They are all monofloral (single pollen) honey.
3. Sidr – Grown from the Sidr tree. It is a small, bush-like tree and the honey that arises from its pollen is a dark amber color. The best, highest quality Sidr honey comes from Yemen. Unfortunately, the U.S. has a ban/embargo on all products (especially food) from Yemen. If you are lucky enough to trip across this honey in either Europe or the Middle East, you can expect to pay between $80 to $150.
2. Rhododendron Honey (A.K.A. Mad Honey) – Average Retail Price – $100/100 grams to $200/250 grams (yet again – expensive honey). Mad honey is not only expensive, it is questionable as to whether or not it may be imported or not into the U.S. The rhododendron flower is known for delivering psychoactive and hallucinogenic effects. Be careful though. Too much Mad Honey will induce nausea, dizziness, and vomiting.
- Elvish Honey – This is a mineral-rich honey that is not produced in traditional hives or in bee boxes. The bees make their own honeycomb on the sides of spherical walls of caves in Northeastern Turkey. It has to be harvested by professional climbers in small quantities. The output is limited and the mineral content is high. Now, the punch – how expensive? Well, the first barrel sold on the French stock exchange for $45,000.00 several years ago. Now, in Turkey, 4.5 oz sells for $6,500. Get your wallet out.