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Whether it’s Wagyu beef, caviar or black truffles, some people are prepared to spend a small fortune for a culinary treat. For beef aficionados, there’s nothing quite like the taste and texture of real Wagyu steak. Genuine Wagyu beef from Japan can command prices of up to $50 for a mere 100g. But is it worth it?
What is Wagyu beef?
The word wagyu literally means “Japanese cow.” Wagyu beef comes from four types of cow: Japanese Brown, Japanese Black, Japanese Shorthorn and Japanese Poll.
Traditionally, sake or beer was added to the cattle's feed and, due to Japan's rugged terrain, the animals also were massaged to prevent cramps.
These breeding techniques, coupled with the cow’s DNA, produce beef that is beautifully marbled, buttery and tender. It is also healthier than commercial beef because it is higher in monounsaturated fats and contains more omega-3s.
What is the price of Wagyu beef?
Wagyu beef has become a bit more affordable in recent times because ranches across the American Southwest are specializing in breeding these types of Japanese cows. Even so, the price for a 8 oz. steak hovers around $60. But if you’ve got the money and the craving, why not indulge?