Although honey is delicious, versatile, and beneficial
, I’m not sure it’s worth $6,500 for 4.5 ounces. Some people think so, though. The world’s most expensive honey
, called Elvish honey from Turkey, is selling for 5,000 euros ($6,800) for 1 kilogram (about 4.5 ounces). Europeans could buy a small car for that price. Here in the U.S., we could buy gold for less than that price. Currently, gold is selling for about $1,284 an ounce. This honey is running about $1,511 an ounce.
What’s so special about it? It’s not made in hives set up by beekeepers. It’s made deep in a cave where bees create a “high-quality, mineral-rich honey” on spherical walls in northeastern Turkey. Professional climbers have to help extract it.
Still, does this make it worth the exhorbitant price? Gunay Gunduz, the beekeeper who discovered the honey in the cave, says, “The honey is produced in a natural way and without hives. The area is rich in endemic and medicinal plants. All this affects the price.” He also notes it’s medicinal.
Still, I ask. Does this make it worth more than gold? I think most of us would say, no, but there are those who are paying the price. In fact, someone paid much more. The very first kilogram of Elvish honey was sold on the French stock exchange five years ago, and it went for $45,000 (about $61,000 dollars by today’s exchange rate.)
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