15 of the Worlds Most Bizarre Foods
When you travel you experience different cultures and their customs. One of the most memorable thing that is usually a topic among travelers is the cuisine in different parts of the world. Some countries are known to have more spicy foods, some are known for a more clean and plant based diet while others countries focus their diet on the fruits of the sea. In these countries a lot of the foods may look familiar and some may not. There are a few dishes that are truly bizarre to us. Some of the things on this list are common and considered delicacies in foreign lands. Which ones are you willing to try?
Palolo Worms Palolo are coral worms that are pinkish-brownish or blueish-greenish. They are a delicacy for Samoans and other Southern Pacific Islanders. These worms aren’t available all year around. They swim up out of their reefs just a couple of times a year when atmospheric conditions are right, usually between October and November. They are usually spread on bread and sometimes even eaten raw.
Hákarl Hákarl is an Icelandic word for sharks. More specifically it is the term for putrefied sharks that undergo special fermentation and are hung and dried for 4 to 5 months. Rotting shark meat is not an ideal dinner choice for most, but it is a common dish in Iceland. The smell and taste, as you can imagine, are pretty potent. Hákarl is an acquired taste and is not something you should just jump into.
Rats Creepy crawly critters of all kinds are often turned in to meals or snacks in many parts of the world. Rats are considered vile and disgusting rodents to us, but in countries like China and Ghana it is one of the most consumed meats. Taking in consideration of ones social status rat may be an everyday item on the menu due to its cheap price. In the Mishmi culture of India, rats are essential to the traditional diet, as Mishmi women may eat no meat except fish, pork, wild birds and rats.
Blood Dishes Native Americans would eat the heart and blood of animals that they would kill. They believed by doing this they would then possess the strength and powers that once belonged to the animal. Now people drink animal blood just for taste. The Maasai tribe in Tanzania, Africa start every morning by drinking a tribal power shake of fresh cow’s blood mixed with fermented milk. In China and other Southeast Asian countries, coagulated blood from chickens, ducks, geese and pigs are used in some soups.
Dung Beetle A dung beetle’s diet solely consist of other animals excrement, so why would a human eat a dung beetle? Dung beetles are a popular snack in rural Laos and Thailand. People will save piles of poop to make sure they can get the dung beetles from it. The most common way to prepare dung beetles is to first wash them by throwing this in a bucket of water for a few hours. Next, take them out of the bucket, trim their wings and legs, and throw them in a wok. Add a little oil, basil, chiles and lemongrass until they are perfectly crispy.
Damamian Pork can be found in most diets all over the world. Some people refrain from eating pork due to religious beliefs. Others eat every part of the pig. The Taiwanese people eat pork in a different manner. In Taiwan they eat Damamian, which is rotten pork. It is a rare dish prepared by Taiwanese aborigines. It’s made of raw pork, rice, and salt that’s been fermented and left to rot in a jar or pot for 30 days.
Animal Penis The sex organs of many animals are delicacies in different parts of the world. The penis of male animals are largely consumed. It is said that they are rich in protein. In Vietnam the Ox penis is a favored dished. It is particularly prepared in a Vietnamese pho-like dish in spicy broth with noodles and vegetables with a lot of different meat, like kidney and spleen. The poor Oxen.
Human Foreskin This just seems wrong and inhumane. Animal genitals was bad enough but human foreskin goes a little to far. In a remote village in Madagascar, they do a ritual where 5-year-old boys are circumcised and the paternal grandfather eats the foreskin. There is no clear reason why they do this, it’s just something they do. The foreskin is sometimes put on top of a piece or fruit, a banana usually and then consumed.
Fried Brain If you thought that zombies are the only things that ate brains, you thought wrong. Largely a dish of the past, fried brain used to be popular in the Central United States. Cow brains would be fried and placed on a bun making a sandwich. This was popular until mad cow disease became a major concern. Although people still eat them, serving brain from a cow that is over 30 months old at slaughter is no longer legal in the United States.
Escamole Not to be mistaken for guacamole, escamole is ant larvae harvested from the roots of the agave plant. Ant larvae are considered to be a delicacy in Mexico. In fact, they are sometimes even referred to as “insect caviar.” Escamole is spread on bread, crackers and used as a dip. It is said that it taste like butter but slightly nutty.
Stink Bugs In Irian Jaya, Indonesia the snack of choice is not chips or candy, but stink bugs. We have all heard of chocolate covered insects but here there is no chocolate dip and the bugs are still alive. Stink bugs release an awful smell, hence there name, so imagine bad your breath would smell after munching on s hand full of these.
Tuna Eye Ball Some people make it a rule of thumb to never eat anything that looks back at you. In Japan that rule does not apply. Over there they eat specifically tuna eye balls. It tastes a bit like squid and the eyeball is surrounded by fish fat and severed muscles that can also be consumed. To cook, you simply boil it and then season to taste.
Duck Fetus Egg Eggs don’t seem that bad and they are easy to make. Scrambled, over easy, sunny side up, or an omelette are some of the ways you can enjoy eggs. In Southeast Asia they enjoy eggs differently. Duck fetus eggs are a delicacy in this region and would be considered inhumane by some in the west. The fetus of the duck is partially developed when it is consumed.
Cod Fish Sperm As you can tell from reading this list no part of any animal is safe from consumption. Not even the sperm. In some parts of Asia cod fish sperm is a menu item. Referred to milt, it is described as being a creamy substance. It is usually served fried, but some cultures pickle it as well. Milt is popular in Russian, Romanian and Sicilian cuisine.
Dried Lizards In Hong Kong, China dried lizards can be found at almost every grocery store. The Chinese believe drying their food helps preserve it longer without losing the nutritional value. Dried lizard are not actually eaten but used to simmer in soup for additional taste. They can also be found in medical shops in Hong Kong.