Well this is definitely not for the faint hearted. If you’re just about to eat, close this page immediately. The only good thing about this blog is that it could aid a diet by putting you completely off your food. If grasshoppers and witchetty grubs weren’t outrageous enough, then take a look at the following unusual delicacies from around the world.
I’ve organised the list from bad to worse, (in my opinion) which was a massive struggle when I thought marmite and pickled eggs were rather ghastly.
Bucket at the ready!
1.. Khash, a rather unattractive dish from the Middle East consisting of stewed cow's feet and head. Seems a bit strange to eat around a skull, but at least they’re economical, I suppose..
2.. Cockscombs - another food you’d never imagine could or would be eaten. Cockscombs is the crest (red fleshy growth) on top of a cock's head. Apparently they are wonderful added to anything with a light sauce and also make for a great garnish…At least they’re colourful..
3.. Rocky mountain oysters – you may feel slightly cheated to learn that this American dish is in fact deep-fried bull testicles. I guess the old mantra waste not want not springs to mind..but still..urgh…
4.. Casu Marzu – also known as ‘rotten cheese’ is a cheese found in Sardinia that has basically gone off and is intentionally infested with maggots that bury into it and digest the fats. Cheese on toast anyone?
5.. Escamoles, also known as ‘insect caviar’ are a delicacy in Mexico. Escamoles are the edible larvae and pupae of ants, harvested from the tequila or mescal plant. Apparently, they have a buttery, almost nutty taste.
6.. Tuna eyeballs are a cheap treat in Japan. Not wanting to waste an edible part of the fish, the eyeballs can be boiled and seasoned with garlic and salt for a quick snack. Think I’d rather have some olives, thanks.
7.. Shirako is a Japanese dish consisting of the milt of various fish, mainly cod. In other words, the sperm sac of fish, filled with seminal fluid. You can have this dish raw, steamed or deep fried and it’s said to taste slightly custardy. I’ll stick to good old Ambrosia.
8.. Mexican Truffles – sounds delicious, but do not be deceived. Also known as Corn Smut, this delicacy is a fungus that grows on maize for about 3 weeks, transforming the lovely yellow corn kernels into discoloured, tumour like growths. It’s pretty offensive to the eyes.
9.. 100 Years Egg, a wonderful delicacy in China. Also known as century egg, this is a very rotten egg which is covered in clay, ash and salt for a few months until the yolk turns dark green and the white has turned brown. What’s wrong with the standard boiled egg?
10.. Hákarl - this Icelandic dish is basically the rotting carcass of a Greenland shark. It’s gutted and beheaded and buried for a couple of months in a shallow grave, covered and pressed with stones. It’s then hung out to dry for a few more months then cut into strips and served. It seems like a very laborious process for something so revoltingly rotten.
11.. Balut– forget pickled eggs. This delicacy from the Philippines is a fertilized duck egg, (complete with a partly developed and alive embryo) boiled then eaten everything from the shell, bones, feathers, beak – literally every single thing that has developed!
12.. Cobra heart – in Vietnam you can actually eat the still beating heart from a cobra. It’s so fresh the heart pumps on your tongue as you swallow it down. The worst part; you can actually bite the heart directly from the snake itself. Wash it down with a shot of cobra blood and then a shot of its green bile...Eat your heart out…
Hmm.. that’s about as much as I can stomach for now.