Herbs and spices are terms that we commonly use interchangeably. But, traditionally, spices are made out of roots, bark, seeds, etc., while herbs are almost always dried out leaves. At least that’s what my momma taught me. As you probably know, some spices can cost you an arm and a leg, so let’s see just how high those prices can go! Spoiler alert: they are not cheap!
Here are the top 7 most expensive spices!
1. Asafoetida (Hing) – $100/kg
Asafoetida comes from Afghanistan, Iran, and Tajikistan, and has a pungent, unpleasant odor that only a mother could love. It’s also used instead of garlic in some dishes. The spice itself is not a plant, but a dried juice extracted from the roots of a plant. It tastes and smells like onions and garlic, which changes to very pleasant when mixed with butter.
2. Pink Peppercorn – $100/kg
If you love pink peppercorn, you’re going to have to dish out anywhere from 50 to 100 US dollars. These little berries grow on trees, and their sweet taste and a delightful aroma have made them extremely popular.
3. Nutmeg – $600/kg
Depending on the type of spice, the price ranges from $100 to $600 per 1 kg. The whole process of preparing nutmeg is a very delicate procedure, performed manually, which is why it costs so much.