The World’s Rarest Steak Olive Wagyu Is Going On Sale In The U.S.

You now have a chance to buy the rarest steak in the world — it’s the first time it’s ever been directly sold to the U.S. public. The beef is known as “olive wagyu,” and it’s being sold for $99 a pound. The steaks come from a special breed of Japanese cattle. Only a couple thousand are raised by a handful of farmers in Kagawa, Japan. The cattle are only fed olive pulp, which is left over from olive oil production. The oleic acid from the pulp gives the beef an amazing umami flavor and the meat is so soft it melts in your mouth. It also won the “Best Fat” award at Japan’s Wagyu Olympics. Olive wagyu isn’t readily available in Japan, or anywhere else in the world, because only a small amount of the beef is harvested per month. Only a few U.S. restaurants have even served it before. Olive trees began growing on Shodoshima Island in 1908 — the island produces 99% of Japan’s olive oil. Farmers have been repurposing the olive pulp for feed since 2006. They dry out and toast the pulp, while preserving the oleic acid. Online beef marketplace Crowd Cow is organizing the sale, which starts April 16 for existing customers (you just have to make a prior purchase before April 16 to qualify).

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