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Feb 27, 2014 06:52 PM

Highest price (per pound) food item.

My wife brought home from the grocery what she said was a 1 oz package of Cardamom Seeds for a recipe which was marked $53.60 per pound! Got me to wondering, what is the most expensive (per pound) food item in common use?

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        1. re: c oliver

          Sounds right, though I've never understood this. It makes rice yellow (big deal), but I can't taste the stuff.

          1. re: mwhitmore

            You must not have the "good" stuff or you don't recognize the flavor. It has a sort ofedicinal flowery quality which is pretty unmintakable. Stamen or thread is what to want to use, powder is often mixed with other things or just coloring.

            1. re: mwhitmore

              Only bought saffron ONE time... jar off supermarket shelf. I couldn't really TASTE anything interesting eiher, but then that jjar had probably sat there for AGES!?!

              1. re: mwhitmore

                There are foods that some people cannot taste on a genetic basis. But rest assured, saffron is a very distinctive taste, and strong enough that some people can actively dislike it. I love it but once used too much and found it unpleasant.

                Hard to describe: something like a cross between floral and metallic, along with a touch of the aromatic character we get from things like shallots. Try some good stuff before you give up. Making things a different color is the least of its qualities.

              2. re: c oliver

                And the last time that I had saffron, I got to add a ER visit on to that price.

                Allergic. Oops.

                1. re: c oliver

                  Though I haven't flown with them yet, Iran Air apparently hands out saffron to its business class passengers. Not all of the time, but I dig it.

                  1. Where did she buy it? We use cardamom all the time and get it from the Indian store. It's never even close that amount.

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                    1. re: Kalivs

                      Cardamom PODS are what I see offered for sale. Perhaps buying just the SEEDS would jack the price up.

                      1. re: grampart

                        You're right, it was pods, not seeds.

                        1. re: DonShirer

                          But, I was wrong, too. I read that she bought a pound rather than an ounce & was wondering what dish requires a pound of cardamom seeds! My mistake

                      2. re: Kalivs

                        Easily get bags of powdered cardamon from the Armenian bakeries & green grocers out my front door on the cheap. Also have whole pods in my freezer from the local Indian markets on hand.