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5 Ways Animal Skin Is Eaten around the World

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Animal skin is something that you probably don’t want to eat. Here are five ways that animal skin is eaten around the world.

Latin Countries: Chicharrón

Season and deep-fry pork skin, and you’ll end up with a crunchy, crispy snack that’s indescribably delicious. Popular in just about every country with Spanish influence, it’s most commonly made with pork but can also be made with chicken, mutton, or beef.

United States and Europe: Pork Rinds

A byproduct of lard rendering but also a popular snack food, pork rinds are rendered and dried skins of pork. When they hit the deep-fryer, they puff up and become incredibly crunchy.

Jamaica: Cow Skin Soup

Cow skin is popular in Jamaican cuisine, and is traditionally cooked in soups and stews. This soup is usually made with root vegetables, Scotch bonnet peppers, and chunks of cow skin; it’s all cooked until the skin has softened. Cow skin soup is renowned as a hangover cure.

West Africa: Sopa Canja

In Western Africa, cow skin is a popular addition to many soups and stews. Before being added to soups, small squares of cow skin are boiled with salt and baking soda for about 2 ½ hours, or until softened.

Hawaii: Kalua Pig

Whole roast pig is popular wherever pigs are found, but in Hawaii, the preparation is an art form. Entire pigs are slowly roasted for hours, and special attention is given to the skin, which at the end of the process is crispy, crunchy, and so full of collagen that it leaves your hands sticky.

The 25 Weirdest Animals People Eat Around the World

As we know there is a whole other world out there when it comes to food, but some of these just seem out of the blue. There are so many different cultures on our planet and they all have their reasons to eat these animals. Our planet is full of thousands of different species of animals and just as survival of the fittest states: predators survive, which in most causes is us humans. This list will open your eyes to the cultural differences between yourself and others as well as make you cringe (or throw up).

1. Chicken Feet

Chicken is something enjoyed by the world as a whole, but South America, South Africa and East Asia enjoy a different piece of this feathered bird. The feet are a delectable treat that people enjoy at any given point of the day.

2. Tuna Eyeball

In Japan, these big ole eyes are the ones people can’t keep their hands off of (or I guess mouth, in this case).

3. Herring

I have personally eaten this European classic and all I have to say is unless you want the potent flavor, I would suggest letting it slide down your throat smooth.

4. Grasshoppers

I don’t know if Jiminy Cricket would approve of this brother species being eaten for a snack, but the people in Thailand would disagree. These crunchy little creatures provide a lovely source of protein for people around the world. Dip them in chocolate and all them candy?

5. Wasp Cracker

If you’re like me, you probably have an irrational fear of bees of any sort, making these wasp crackers seem like a good place for them to end up. These might not be the best pair with some cheese, but the Japanese do seem to think so.

6. Fried Spider

This itsy bitsy spider went up in the frier, and out came a delicious entree enjoyed by the people of Cambodia. Now let’s imagine those eight crunchy legs getting down easy.

7. Beondegi

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This term is a fancy word for silkworms, they are seasoned lightly and sold on the streets. They have been said to taste like wood, but how does one know what wood taste likes?

8. Snails

Escargot is the most famous appetizer you can order in France, and honestly they were delicious. The flavor was amazing aside from the texture. Sorry Gary, your kind is beautiful and delicious.

9. Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are some what of a nuisance in the world but Africa has figured out how to get the best outcome in that situation. They boil them to create their “apple” like flavor but the bugs have a defensive tactic that has the same effect on the eyes as onions.

10. Tequila Worm

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We have all seen these lollipops that claim to have a worm inside of it, but I’m destroying this myth: it’s all for marketing. #sorry

11. Frog Leg

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Frog legs are something that eaten more frequently than you would think, similar to chicken. They can be prepared in a variety of ways, fried or boiling and typically eaten France, Southeast Asia, and some parts of the United States.

12. Kangaroo

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We have grown to love these bouncy fur balls but in Australia they are overpopulated and a good source of protein. Kangaroo Jack might beat your ass if he sees you munchin’ on his species.

13. Crocodile

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Countries such as Africa, Australia and parts of Asia believe crocodile is a very high-class meat that tastes like a cross between chicken and crab. Personally, I can not imagine how those two things would mix together, but they aren’t just using their skin for shoes.

14. Southern Fried Rattlesnake

If you can catch one of these bad boys, then by all means do what you would like with them.

15. Guinea Pig

In some South American cultures, they consider the guinea pig the same as a rabbit which has lead them to eat these pets whole or in casseroles. We think of these as pets you can buy at your local pet store but they find them a part of their normal diet.

16. Starfish

Starfish are beautiful sea creatures that when dried up are hard and pointy, but in China it is said that they have a delicious meat on the inside.

17. Cobra Heart

Snakes are said to be extremely intelligent animals and Vietnam believes their hearts are good to eat. They cut the Cobra’s heart out and put it into a shot glass for you to consume while it is still beating. Eating a beating heart could make you bigger?

18. Scorpions

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You can find these on any given street in China, deep fried and skewered. If I was ever given the opportunity I probably wouldn’t say no. We can’t all look like goddesses while sucking down these poisonous creatures.

19. Opossum

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The Opossum is typically thought of as road kill, but in Australia they are completely overpopulated (as so many animals are) and they hunt them for fur and their meat. They are so ugly they’re cute, and supposedly they taste good too.

20. Cat

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Many Asian cultures eat our beloved pets as a source of protein but they also don’t look the species the same way as many others. All cats would probably look as pissed as Grumpy Cat does if they knew what could happen to them.

21. Dog

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Similar to cats, dogs are used as a meat source in many different countries because they aren’t looked at as companions. This news makes us all feel like Dug.

22. Shark Fin Soup

Shark Fins are used in many different types of soup around the world, China, Southeast Asia and the United States. The industry brutally kills sharks for their fins, leaving their bodies in the water to drown. Left shark could be next, where would our world be without the meme of a century?

23. Whales

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Whaling is an extremely big industry in Japan. It’s where they get most of their revenue from, although it is causing extreme harm to their species count. Many people love to eat whale which is why the practice is so popular. Free Willy ain’t so free anymore huh?

24. Octopus

The tentacles are cooked in many ways and eaten all over the world, but most of the time it’s eaten live..I’m just going to leave that there. I would ink too if I knew my friends were being skewed up for a snack.

25. Elephant

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The Forest Elephant is not only killed for ivory like the majority of elephants but they are also hunted for their meat. Our poor gentle giants, we are sorry Dumbo, truly sorry.

This list is one that causes me to question all the basic things I find myself eating. Traveling opened my mind to being okay with experimenting with food. I would highly recommend eating the things that make you question your existence, because when else will you get an opportunity to eat snails or stink bugs?

What are foodies?

Wikipedia says that a Foodie is:

A foodie is a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and who eats food not out of hunger but due to their interest or hobby. The terms &ldquogastronome&rdquo, &ldquogourmand&rdquo and &ldquoepicure&rdquo define the same thing, i.e. a person who enjoys food for pleasure.

I have been involved in the food business for over 25 years. I have owned restaurants, built food production facilities, mentored food entrepreneurs, acted as a consultant to local agricultural business and government offices.

In a word, I am a foodie and every new city I visit I track down a food market. I like to see what is locally grown, what ingredients I can find that I have never seen or used before and am a huge fan of the farm to table movement and Slow Food.

10 Strange animals people eat

When it comes to eating animals, most people rely on the standard fare of beef, pork, chicken or fish. However, in many places around the world, people eat a variety of animals that would shock most Americans. Some are endangered, some are alive and some are just downright dangerous.


Sannakji is a Korean dish made from nakji, an octopus. Eating octopus is not all that uncommon, especially in Asian countries, and you can likely find it on the menu at many Asian restaurants in the United States. However, this octopus dish is served raw — and by raw, we mean the octopus is still alive. The octopus is served whole or cut into small pieces and seasoned with sesame oil. Eat quickly or you might lose your lunch.


Despite that fact that elephants are an endangered species, people still hunt them for their meat. Most people are aware that poachers hunt elephants for their tusks but the meat is also considered a prized delicacy. An elephant can produce about a half-ton of meat, making it a profitable business for poachers who smoke and sell the meat. The practice is most common in Africa.

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Gorillas get a tough break all around. Their habitats are being destroyed at rapid rates, the areas they live in often have limited law enforcement and people are eating them. Some scientists think the gorilla could be extinct within the next 10 years unless major changes are made. They are caught right in the middle of the bush-meat trade, and their meat is a big business in some areas.


In America, How to Eat Fried Worms is nothing more than a cute book for children, but in Korea it might as well be a cookbook. It is common to eat battered and fried silkworms, boiled silkworms or worm kabobs. Supposedly they have a distinct smell and a bitter taste. Upon biting them, they pop and juices come out. Sounds delicious, no?

Puffer Fish

We consume a variety of fish and seafood, so it really isn&rsquot all that odd that people eat puffer fish — unless you know that eating just one could kill you. Puffer fish are thought to be one of the most poisonous vertebrates in the world. Chefs use a very precise method for preparing the fish so that it is not toxic but sometimes the preparation fails. Eating the fish can cause numbness, paralysis of some muscles including the diaphragm, light-headedness and rapid heart rate, to name a few effects. The poisonous fish is often consumed by accident as it is generally cheaper than other fish. Perhaps what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?


In many places where meat is very expensive, getting pork or beef is out of the question. That&rsquos where rats come in. It isn&rsquot uncommon in some Asian countries to serve whole battered rat.


Recently Congress lifted the ban on providing funding for horsemeat inspections in the United States. That means horse steak could make an appearance on dinner plates in the near future. Many Americans are strongly opposed to consuming this majestic animal, which they view as a pet, but horse meat is fairly common in Canada and Europe.

Would you eat horse meat? >>


In some areas, turtles are protected but in others they are fair game. In addition, sea turtles are often illegally poached and consumed. While turtles are a more common menu item in Asian countries, you can easily find recipes for turtle soup on websites like The Food Network.

People often joke that dodgy restaurants are likely serving dog, but the reality is that people actually do eat them. In most countries it&rsquos most common to find the family dog curled up on the couch, perhaps with its very own knitted sweater. In other areas where protein sources are scarce, dog makes an excellent dinner. Why? It is much larger than a rat.


It sounds like a sugar alternative or some other trendy health food product, but it is actually a rodent that looks like a cross between a rat and a beaver. More commonly called a river rat, nutria are major pests that destroy vegetation, erode coastlines and wreak havoc for residents, which is precisely the reason Louisiana actually tried to talk people into trapping and consuming the critters. We hear nutria sausage is delicious.

23 Lucky foods eaten around the world on NYE

Every culture believes in a food item that, when consumed on New Year’s Eve, will fill them with luck in the new year. Today we’re exploring these lucky foods and recipes to eat before the new year rings in.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve is a chance to put past struggles behind and look toward the future. Some of us just throw caution to the wind and stare at the new year straight in the face, with no preparation, while others prefer the comfort of those “lucky” foods our culture has instilled in us to consume before the clock strikes 12. Here are some recipes showcasing your future luck in the new year.


In Spain, Portugal and other Spanish-speaking countries, 12 grapes are consumed before the new year begins in hopes that luck will find its way to you. You can eat the grapes fresh, as tradition dictates, or you can add them to your NYE dinner recipes, like below.

1. Rosemary martini with frozen grapes recipe

Welcome your guests into your home with this rosemary martini with frozen grapes.

2. Green grape spritzer recipe

Great for the kids and those adults staying away from booze, this lucky green grape spritzer is just delicious and refreshing!

3. Roasted grape margarita recipe

Roasting grapes brings out their natural sweetness, so it’s a natural idea to make this roasted grape margarita.

4. Blue cheese and pan-roasted grape tartine recipe

Serve this blue cheese and pan-roasted grape tartine as a pass-around appetizer or as a sit-down meal with a side of fresh greens.

5. Mini phyllo cups with whipped goat cheese, grapes and thyme recipe

6. Roasted grape, blue cheese and honey crostini recipe

Another great crostini, this roasted grape, blue cheese and honey crostini is gorgeous when served around your cheese platter.


In Greece, it’s considered good luck to smash a whole pomegranate on the ground. The more seeds, the more luck you’ll see in the new year. But instead of wasting a gorgeous and perfect fruit, why not cook with it and serve it to your guests for good luck?

7. 5-Ingredient pear-pomegranate salsa recipe

Try this five-ingredient pear-pomegranate salsa for good luck and good times &mdash salsas are total party food!

8. Sweet potato-pomegranate salad recipe

This sweet potato-pomegranate salad makes a gorgeous salad side dish for your NYE dinner.

9. Beet, carrot and pomegranate salad recipe

Start the year with this refreshing and fresh beet, carrot and pomegranate salad.

10. Miso roasted acorn squash and pomegranate salad recipe

Have vegetarian guests? This miso roasted acorn squash and pomegranate salad is just the hearty dish for them.


In Japan and other Asian countries, slurping long noodles before the new year arrives is said to be good luck. Long noodles represent long life, so be sure to just slurp them. Don’t cut them up or even bite them!

11. Sesame soba noodles recipe

Slurp on some sesame soba noodles for good luck in the new year.

12. Toshikoshi soba recipe

Toshikoshi soba, a classic Japanese noodle dish, would be a fantastic way to warm up on a chilly Dec. 31.

13. Hoisin caramelized salmon and sesame soba noodle bowls recipe

Oh, how we are loving these hoisin caramelized salmon and sesame soba noodle bowls. Serve your friends their own noodle bowls, which they can top with their favorite condiments.

14. Soba noodles with leeks, sweet onions and egg recipe

Put an egg on it! These soba noodles with leeks, sweet onions and egg would make a delicious lunch before the new year arrives.

15. Spicy soba noodles with kale and shiitake mushrooms recipe

Need a quick dinner idea? These spicy soba noodles with kale and shiitake mushrooms are just the thing to slurp on!

Black-eyed peas

Make a big pot of “Hoppin’ John,” a traditional New Year’s Eve recipe in the American South. Black-eyed peas and rice are served all over the South, from Louisiana to Georgia and beyond!

16. Hoppin’ John recipe

Hoppin’ John will make you feel like you’re in the warm South this New Year’s Eve.

17. Black-eyed pea hummus recipe

The best dip to welcome the new year with: black-eyed pea hummus.

18. Black-eyed pea dip recipe

A fresh dip, this black-eyed pea dip balances out the rest of the calories you’ll be consuming.

In countries like Cuba, Spain, Portugal and those in the Caribbean, consuming pork for the new year is considered lucky. The pig never moves backward, always looking ahead for his food. Pork and pig-shaped baked goods are also lucky items to eat.

19. Puerto Rican peril with crispy skin recipe

Puerto Rican peril with crispy skin &mdash basically the best pork you’ll ever have. That skin is amazing, and the flavors of orange, garlic and cilantro shine.

20. Roasted pork leg recipe

Another gorgeous pork dish, this roasted pork leg makes not only the perfect recipe but an even better centerpiece at your table.

Whole fish recipe

Another Chinese tradition is to eat whole fish on NYE. It’s said that the word “fish” sounds like the word “abundance” in the Chinese language. Plus the symbolism of eating the entire fish from head to tail ensures a good new year from start to finish.

21. Japanese salt-grilled sea bream recipe

Japanese salt-grilled sea bream, a traditional Japanese recipe, will welcome the new year from head to tail.

22. Colombian-style fried whole fish recipe

Colombian-style fried whole fish is typically served at beach parties and get-togethers. A fantastic dish to serve on NYE.

23. Whole baked trout with herb salsa recipe

A more elegant take on whole fish, this whole baked trout with herb salsa is a great dinner party recipe.

5 – Maggot Cheese, Sardinia

This sheep’s milk cheese is basically Pecorino, which has had the larvae of the cheese fly, Piophila casei, introduced into it. Fermentation occurs as the larvae digest the cheese fats, and the texture becomes very soft with some liquid seeping out. The cheese has to be eaten when the maggots are still alive because when they are dead it is considered to be toxic.

Since the larvae can jump if they are disturbed, diners have to shield their eyes. Health issues have arisen in relation to Casu Marzu, including reports of allergic reactions and the danger of consuming cheese that has advanced to a toxic state. There’s also the risk of intestinal larval infection to consider,

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31 Weird Food People Actually Eat Around The World

The food represents a great deal of every nation culture. Some of the national kitchens are famous and the whole world embraced some of their meals, like the Italian for example (somebody said Pizza?!). In this gallery, we will show you some weird food that’s not so famous meals from all around the world which probably most of you haven’t try. They’re, as you will see in the photos, mildly put, weird. Yes, we should not judge the meals we haven’t tasted, but I dare you to do that going through this gallery!

101 Strangest Foods Around the World

Ever wonder what do people in other countries eat? What could be totally weird for us to eat could be a luxurious delicacy for others — and the other way around. Here are 101 of the strangest foods around the world and maybe after reading this list, you can agree that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

1. Stargazy Pie (Pie with fish looking up) – England

A traditional pie from Mousehole (pronounced Mouzul) in Cornwall in honor of a fisherman who had fished alone during a stormy weather.

2. Drunken Shrimp – China

No cooking required, just fresh-water shrimps stunned in “baijiu” (strong liquor).

3. Bushmeat – Africa

Bushmeat, also known as wild meat or game meat, is meat from non-domesticated animals hunted for food in tropical forests. Infected bushmeat was believed to be the cause of the 2014 Ebola breakout in West Africa.

4. Airag – Mongolia

Airag is a kind of fermented mare’s milk known to have significant health benefits. It contains alcohol.

5. Monkey Brains – China, Africa, and South Asia

Monkey brains were said to taste mushy and metallic. You might want to get drunk first before trying out a bite for the first time.

6. Wasp Crackers – Japan

These crackers can be bought in the Japanese town of Omachi just 100 miles outside of Tokyo.

7. Ant Eggs Soup – Laos

The eggs from soldier ants are separated in a bucket of water and later cooked with fish or beef with vegetables. The eggs have a soggy puffed rice texture.

8. Lutefisk – Norway

A traditional dish of some Nordic countries, the Lutefisk is an aged stockfish or dried whitefish treated with lye.

9. Stinkheads – Alaska, United States

Maybe this dish has deserved its name “Stinkheads” for these are King salmon heads buried in the ground in fermentation pits, put into plastic or wooden barrels and left for a few weeks or more before they are ready to eat.

10. Kangaroo Meat – Australia

Kangaroo meat is thought to taste like a cross between venison and buffalo meat.

11. Akutaq (Eskimo Ice Cream) – Alaska

Eskimo ice cream can sound sweet and creamy but it isn’t. It is made up of reindeer fat, seal oil, freshly fallen snow, berries, and groundfish.

12. Haggis – Scotland

Haggis is sheep’s stomach stuffed with sheep’s liver, lungs and heart, onions, oatmeal, and other spices. This is simmered for three hours.

13. Beondegi – Korea

Beondegi are steamed or boiled silkworm pupae seasoned and eaten as a snack. It is said to taste like a mixture of raw chestnuts, cooked soy beans and mushrooms or a wet bark from a tree.

14. Turtle Soup – China, Singapore and United States

Savory and gamy, turtle soup is known to be a tasty treat and a traditional Chinese dish especially eaten after pregnancy. Veal is used when making mock turtle soup.

15. Balut – Philippines

Balut is a developing duck embryo, boiled alive and eaten whole from its shell. It tastes like a regular boiled egg with duck broth and an extra crunch inside from the half-formed duckling’s bones.

16. Casu Marzu – Italy

Casu Marzu is sheep milk cheese… with thousands of wriggling maggots. The live maggots indicate that this cheese is good to eat.

17. Deep-fried Tarantula – Cambodia

These hairy creatures can be at least worth the try for they are thought to taste like spareribs, with expected spider eggs and excrement inside.

18. Baby Mice Wine – China and Korea

The baby mice wine is said to be packed with health benefits, but it might be only good for those who like the taste of raw gasoline.

19. Cherry Blossom Meat – Japan

The cherry blossom meat is sold during the cherry blossom season, but it isn’t the pink flower that is served but rather the pink flesh of raw horse meat. In other words, you’ll get a dish of horse sashimi.

20. Grasshoppers– Thailand and Mexico

Depends on how they are marinated and fried, grasshoppers can taste like crispy chicken, old raisins, or just a crunchy insect flavored with oil.

21. Jumiles – Mexico

Spicy, intense and tastes like picante, jumiles or stink bugs are often enjoyed ground and mixed with salsa.

22. Shirako – Japan

If you can have caviar or female fish eggs, then you can try out a male fish’s sperm sacs a.k.a. Shirako.

23. Blodplättar – Sweden and Finland

Similar to black pudding, Blodplättar is a thinner and crispier version made by whipping pork blood with milk, flour and seasoning, cooked in a frying pan like pancakes.

24. Escargots à la bourguignonne – France

Escargots could be already the most popular among the rest included in this list but these cooked land snails deserve to be mentioned.

25. Bird’s Nest Soup – Southeast Asia

Not really made out of an actual bird’s nest, the so-called “nest” is, in fact, bird’s dried and hardened saliva. It is believed to have medicinal properties.

26. Sannakji – Korea

Sannakji is simply freshly killed octopus chopped to small wriggly bits. You dip them in sauce, eat, let those bits move for a moment and done!

27. Fruit Bat Soup – Guam, Micronesia and Africa

Fruit bats are boiled with ginger and onion, served and eaten just like any other soup. Africa’s version is blamed to be one of the causes of Ebola in Guinea.

28. Damamian (Rotten pork) – Taiwan

It’s a rare dish by Taiwanaese aborigines made by raw pork, rice and salt fermented in a jar or pot for 30 days.

29. Century Egg – China

It doesn’t really take a century or a millennium to preserve this egg. These eggs are preserved in an saline solution until its ph is raised to a safe level giving it a dark color.

30. Cockscombs – Italy and France

These red fleshy parts on rooster’s heads are enjoyed as garnish or additional ingredients for sauces.

31. Soup Number Five – Philippines

Make sure you know what soup you’re ordering because if it’s number 5, it surely is a tasty broth of bull’s penis and testicles.

32. Dragon in the Flame of Desire – China

After trying a bull’s penis why not fly to China and try a yak’s penis. It is known to be good for the skin.

33. Zaza-Mushi – Japan

Available in jars and cans sold in retail shops, zaza-mushi or stonefly larvae are often cooked with sugar and soy sauce.

34. Dragonfly – Indonesia and China

Dragonflies are fried or boiled and they simply taste like soft-shell crabs.

35. Locust – Israel

A swarm of locusts started to feast on the crops of southern Israel and guess what, they took the blessing and these only kosher insects are now a delicacy.

36. Crocodile Meat – Australia, Southeast Asia, and Africa

Crocodile meat contains high protein and low fat. The taste might differ depending on how you cook it like grilling and frying.

37. Tuna Eyeballs – Japan

These eyeballs can be easily bought from the local supermarkets in Japan but its quite an acquired taste for some. Just boil and season, and you can start eating the eyeball’s fish fat and muscles that tastes like hard-boiled eggs or squid.

38. Tong Zi Dan (Virgin boy eggs) – Dongyang, China

These eggs are boiled in the urine of boys, preferably under the age of 10. Yep.

39. Rocky Mountain Oysters – United States

These oysters are peeled, coated in flour and deep-fried. Oh wait, they’re not real oysters — they’re the testicles of bull calves.

40. Dog Meat – Korea, China, and Vietnam

Eating dog meat is controversial and this being included on the list might even drive others mad. Dog meat when eaten without the thought of eating something that came from a dog (the pet) can give you an impression of eating something comparable to a cross of beef and mutton.

41. Sago Delight – Southeast Asia

Sago delight or fried sago worms are surprisingly tasty like sweet shrimps.

42. Cobra Heart – Vietnam

Enjoy cobra heart along with a glass of cobra blood and venom mixed with rice vodka. Go ahead, eat, and drink it up without leaving a drop.

43. Mopane Worms – Southern Africa

Mopane worms can be eaten dry like potato chips or cooked and drenched in sauce. These worms contain three times the amount of protein as beef.

44. Jellied Moose Nose – Alaska (United States)

Boil the moose nose with onion, garlic, spices and vinegar. Discard the bones and cartilages. Slice and you’ll get layers of white and red meat ready to be served.

45. Kiviak – Greenland

Kiviak is a traditional Inuit food made by stuffing Auks (birds) in a hollowed-out body cavity of a seal, sealed with seal grease and covered with large rock pile for 3-18 months.

46. Huitlacoche (Corn smut) – Mexico

Huitlacoche is a fungus which grows naturally on ears of corn usually used in crepes, quesadillas, or tacos. It is also known as corn truffle.

47. Puffin Heart – Iceland

A puffin is skinned and its heart is pulled out and eaten raw. The taste is like a fishier version of chicken or duck.

48. Hákarl – Iceland

Known as the “Shark from hell”, Hakarl is shark meat dried in the wind until the skin seals the meat inside which then will undergo fermentation. The dry skin can be removed after three months and the meat is all ready to be served.

49. Smalahove (Sheep’s head) – Norway

With its brain removed, the sheep’s head is soaked in water and salted for preservation. It is then smoked and boiled or steamed to loosen the meat from the cheek bone. The sheep’s head is served with potatoes, fat and mashed swede.

50. Termites – Kenya

The termites eaten in Kenya aren’t the ones that you see munching on wooden cupboards.These local termites are either eaten live or fried.

51. Muktuk (Frozen whale skin and blubber) – Greenland

Muktuk is skin and blubber of the bowhead whale that is sliced, salted, and eaten raw. The taste could be similar to fresh coconut or fried eggs.

52. Raw Blood Soup – Vietnam

Known as tiet canh in Vietnam, the soup is entirely made of goose, duck and even pig blood that is put in the fridge and then served chilled with herbs and chopped peanuts.

53. Shiokara – Japan

Ika no Shiokara, as they call it in Japan, are fermented squid guts mixed with the squid’s gastric juices and seasoned with a bit of miso, salt, soy sauce, sake, red pepper, and yuzu peel.

54. Escamoles – Mexico

Escamoles are edible larvae and pupae of ants harvested from the roots of the Agave tequilana or Agave americana plants in Mexico. These are often pan-fried with butter and spices and can be found in tacos or omelettes. They have a poppy texture and slight nutty taste.

55. Yin-yang Fish – Taiwan and China

Yin-yang fish is deep-fried fish that remains alive after cooking. This is now prohibited in Taiwan.

56. Water Bugs – Thailand

Known as maeng da in Thailand, these bugs are mostly extracted and added to chili-based sauces. They can also be boiled and deep-fried.

57. Shark Fin Soup – China

Shark fin soup is a luxurious dish often served at special occasions like weddings and banquets. Even though it’s a traditional dish, the sales of shark fin has declined rapidly as young Chinese become environmentally conscious and the government’s anti-corruption campaign discourages showy banquets and conspicuous consumption.

58. Waxworms – Asia

Waxworms are usually sauteed or roasted. The taste is said to be a cross between a pine nut and an enoki mushroom.

59. Steak Tartare – France

It is a meat dish made from minced raw beef — yes, it should be raw. It is often served with onions, capers, seasonings and topped with a raw egg yolk.

60. Crickets – Mexico, Thailand, Cambodia

Crickets are eaten fried, sauteed, boiled, and roasted. You can actually do a lot with crickets. There are even cricket burgers available in New York.

61. Starfish – China

The starfish’s hard outer shell is broken and there you’ll find the meat inside which was thought to have a texture between toothpaste and ground beef.

62. Spam – United States

The classic variety of Spam is made up of this number one ingredient: chopped pork shoulder meat.

63. Stink Bugs – Africa

Can be eaten live or cooked, stink bugs often give off an apple flavor to sauces. These bugs are also known to have analgesic and tranquilizing properties.

64. Palolo Worms – Pacific Islands

The worms are traditionally eaten alive, fried in butter or baked in breadfruit leaves in an umu (earth oven).

65. Scorpion – Thailand and China

It was said that frying scorpions can neutralize the venom and the tail is its nutritious part. Fried scorpions have a taste similar to greasy, buttery popcorn.

66. Whale Meat – Japan, United States, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Iceland

Each country has their own take in cooking whale meat. It can be boiled and served with potatoes, fermented, or eaten raw.

67. Walking Stick – Asia and Papua New Guinea

Walking sticks are actually insects and the taste is somewhat leafy.

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68. Frog Legs – France, Southeast Asia and other

Often fried, frog legs taste mild and flaky. The taste can be compared to a cross between chicken breast, shrimp and crab.

69. Earthworms – Vietnam

Earthworms are first prepared by placing them in flour or cornmeal to purge out all the dirt and replace their system with something more palatable. Then, these earthworms can be cooked by boiling them first before using in any recipe.

70. Tripe – All Over the World

Though it may not be strange anymore because almost the whole world eats it, tripe is in fact a type of edible offal found in stomachs from various farm animals.

71. Bear Paw – China

It is believed that consuming bear paws will acquire the strength and vigor of a bear. It can be stewed, steamed, or used in soups. The taste is similar to pork, smooth and soft but not as greasy.

72. Fugu – Japan

Fugu or blowfish is luxurious delicacy in Japan. Fugu is served often as sashimi but it can also be deep-fried, baked, or used in salads. Chefs need to go undergo training to receive a fugu-preparing license because this fish contain a poison that is 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide.

73. Snake Wine – China and Vietnam

If you don’t want to risk having a beating cobra heart in your throat then maybe a shot of snake wine can be for you. The ethanol in the rice wine where the snake is soaked in kills the venom. Drinking a shot is believed to boost one’s virility.

74. Cockroaches – China

Cockroaches (American cockroaches) in China are ground and stuffed in pills and advertised as a cure for stomach, heart, and liver ailments. But if you wanna eat it, these insects are fried twice and when eaten they could be similar to an overcooked french fry with a weird aftertaste.

75. Pillbugs (Woodlice)

Pills bugs are actually crustaceans that are prepared by putting them in a plastic bag for 24 hours to empty out their guts. After that, they can be cooked straight into the boiling water. It tastes like a tiny shrimp.

76. Mealworms – Southeast Asia

Mealworms contain about 25% protein and 12% fat. When toasted, they can taste like roasted nuts or seeds.

77. Midge Fly – East Africa

These flies (also called Blind Mosquitoes) are pressed into solid blocks to make a food called Kunga Cake.

78. Witchetty Grub – Australia

The grub can be eaten raw or cooked in hot pan until brown or inform of soup. The taste was said to be comparable to fried egg with a nutty flavor.

79. Salo – Ukraine

Salo is mainly pork fat that can be eaten in different ways: smoked, cooked, or raw. If eaten raw, it is first dipped in salt and finished with a shot of samagon or vodka.

80. Khash – Middle East, East Europe and Turkey

A delicacy often enjoyed as a festive winter meal, Khash is a dish made by boiling cow’s feet. It is eaten with a flatbread called lavash and shots of vodka.

81. Marmite or Vegemite – UK, New Zealand, Australia

Marmite and Vegemite are both yeast extracts that gives off a concentrated umami flavor. It can be mixed in sauces, flavoring meat, or just use as a savory spread.

82. Guinea Pig – South America

Called cuyes in Spanish, Guinea pigs can be grilled and deep fried. It can be eaten from head to toe, and the taste is similar to an oily and tender combination of pork and rabbit.

83. Sompopos (Flying Ant) – Guatemala

Flying ant queens are collected and roasted on a clay griddle with salt and lime juice. Sompopos taste like buttery pork rinds.

84. Southern Fried Rattlesnake – United States

Rattlesnakes, when properly prepared, can be a good substitute for beef, pork, and chicken. Its meat has a unique and light flavor.

85. Nsenene – Uganda

Nsenene (long-horned grasshoppers) is a delicacy in Uganda. They can be fried with their own fat and flavored with onions, boiled or sun-dried.

86. Centipede – China

Centipedes are fried to a crisp and skewered. It can taste like dried spaghetti noodles or nothing at all.

87. Surstromming – Sweden

Surstromming is fermented Baltic sea herring. It is often wrapped in buttered tunnbröd, a type of sweetened flat bread, with slices of almond potatoes and diced onion. It is popular for its pungent smell.

88. Cat Meat – East Asia

Particularly in China, cat meat can be turned into meatballs served with soup. Cat meat is also known to be eaten in some parts of Peru and Switzerland.

89. Hornworms

Hornworms are starved or fed with green peppers before they can be eaten. The hornworms’ flavor is like a combination of tomatoes, shrimp, and crab.

90. Scorpion Soup – China

Scorpion soup is known to be eaten to ease rheumatism. The scorpions have a woody taste and should be eaten whole.

91. Dung Beetle – India

Dung beetles live in fresh cow dung but when used for cooking, they are first cleaned by removing their abdomens. Then, they are dehydrated, seasoned, and cooked often with pork and vegetables.

92. Stinky Tofu – Taiwan

Stinky tofu is fermented tofu that can be deep-fried, stewed, steamed, or even eaten raw. The name already suggests that the smell is quite unforgettable.

93. Black Pudding (Blood Sausage) – Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe

Black pudding is a type of blood sausage generally made of pig’s blood mixed with steel-cut oatmeal used as thickener.

94. Cow Blood and Milk – Kenya and Tanzania

Raw cow’s blood and milk are mixed and used as a ritual drink during special occasions. The blood is obtained by cutting the cow’s jugular artery which allows blood-letting without killing the animal.

95. Cicada – US, Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia

Cicadas are usually tasteless but can be delicious when mixed with other flavors. They are usually deep-fried but can also be roasted and boiled together with spices.

96. Chicken’s Feet – East Asia, Caribbean, South America and South Africa

There are several ways to cook chicken’s feet which is often served as a beer snack or main dish. It can be marinated in soy sauce and black beans in China, breaded and fried in Mexico, used in soup in Jamaica, or skewered and grilled like barbecue in the Philippines.

97. Fly Pupae

Fly pupae can be parboiled and fried. They are crunchy and have a rich flavor similar to blood pudding.

98. Field Rats – Northern China, Mexico

Field rats aren’t the ones you often see lurking in sewers. They live in the countryside, eating grains and seeds planted on farms. They can be boiled in soup, grilled, or mixed in a stew.

99. Tamilok (Wood Worm) – Philippines

Tamilok or wood worm isn’t actually a worm but a mollusk found inside rotting mangrove. It is slimy, fat and long but it tastes like oysters.

100. Mosquito Eggs – Mexico

Mosquito eggs are first dried then roasted. They can be wrapped in tortillas and served with a squeeze of lime or lemon.

101. Dried Lizards – China

Dried lizards aren’t eaten but used for additional taste in soup. It is known for its health benefits like stamina increase, weigh loss, and protection from fever and other ailments.

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7. Hormiga Culona: Edible Fat-Bottomed Ants (Colombia)

Fat-bottomed ants (known as Hormiga Culona) are a popular delicacy in Colombia where they are either roasted or fried, and eaten like peanuts!

There are lots of health benefits to Hormiga Culona, which are a great source of protein and even considered to be an aphrodisiac. Most report that they have a smokey flavor and are quite crunchy!

8. Birds Nest Soup (China)

Bird&rsquos nest soup is a popular delicacy in various parts of China, the nest of a swiftlet is used to cook a brothy soup with endless purported health benefits.

It is said that bird&rsquos nest soup helps to tackle alzheimer&rsquos, repair skin, increase immunity, reduce fatigue, restore damaged cells and many more!

However, bird&rsquos nest soup is known for being a pretty expensive delicacy due to the cost of purchasing the nest itself.

This is likely due to the demand and lack of supply since obtaining the nest is quite dangerous and there are many ethical considerations with over supplying them.

9. Tamilok Woodworm (Philippines)

The Tamilok Woodworm is a popular Filipino delicacy found in decaying, rotten logs in swamps-like mangroves.

The wood is then cracked open in order to extract the slimy creatures from inside.

Once you&rsquove cracked open the log, you can find the tamilok clams wiggling through the wood, making holes as they go along.

Similar to oysters it has a fishy, slimy texture complimented by a very off-putting stench.

10. Cow&rsquos Intestines Tripas Tacos (Mexico)

This one actually looks delicious but it&rsquos actually a recipe made from cow&rsquos intestines.

Tripas or tripe is not actually that uncommon, in fact there are lots of countries around the world that have traditionally eaten it, but Mexico and Portugal are two of the countries that have continued to eat it regularly.

And take a guess at how the Mexicans eat it, that&rsquos right, in a taco! The delicious cow&rsquos stomach can be cooked and then eaten with a delicious taco sauce made out of fish sauce, jalapeño and lime juice.

11. Deep fried butter balls (USA)

America, land of the free, home of the deep fried butter. Yes, that&rsquos right, Americans have decided to take a large piece of fat and deep fat fry it in order to create this absolute monstrosity of a snack.

I guarantee you&rsquore looking at this and contemplating whether you would try it and I agree, it would probably taste delicious.

But let&rsquos face it, deep fried butter balls are pretty disgusting and deserving of a place on this list of weird foods.

12. Shiokara (Japan)

Shiokara is a Japanese delicacy of squid intestines fermented in their own viscera (guts). It&rsquos stinky, slimy and a very acquired taste that Westerners will struggle to stomach.

13. Goats intestines &ndash Buchada de bode (Brazil)

Now the worst thing about this dish is that it looks absolutely disgusting. Buchada de bode is essentially the intestines of a kid goat that is cooked and served in the stomach.

But really, cooking intestines in the stomach isn&rsquot unique to Brazil. Haggis in Scotland is very similar to this buchada de bode recipe as it utilises the stomach as a method to hold and cook ingredients.

14. Cuy Guinea Pig (Peru)

Fried guinea pig (cuy) is a traditional Peruvian dish and is a food served at celebrations in Peru

Cuy is hugely popular in Peru and is very easy to find. It is essentially guinea pig which can be cooked in a number of ways such as spit-roasting or frying.

Tourists often want to try cuy as it has gained a reputation as a must-try dish when visiting the country. This means that stalls and restaurants will serve the dish to tourists all year round, even though it is mostly eaten by peruvians on special occasions.

It is also eaten in other parts of South America such as Colombia and Bolivia &ndash basically anywhere where guinea pigs are considered to be a pest rather than a pet.

The cooked guinea pig is then commonly served with potatoes and vegetables.

15. Century Egg (China)

Credit: John Del Corro

Century egg (or hundred-year egg) is a black preserved egg of a duck, chicken or quail. Of course, century egg got its name from the art of preserving the egg for hundreds of years before eating, but more commonly they are just a few months old.

Still, a very old egg doesn&rsquot sound too delicious to me! The egg turns black with a dark green yolk after being processed in clay, ash and quicklime.

The taste is of century egg course&hellip. interesting, and has a very strong taste. Read more about the origins, preparation and taste of century egg.

16. Stuffed moose heart (Canada)

Ohhh Canada! Land of the moose, home of the stuffed moose heart. In fact, this dish does something very typical of the interesting dishes we uncover on Travel Food Atlas.

Much like dishes such as this Peruvian dish made from cow hearts, utilising all of the available organs of an animal rather than just eating the meat it a common trend.

The moose heart is not wasted and is instead cleaned and trimmed, then stuffed with garlic, celery, onion, sage, and herbs. It is then roasted and sliced up ready to eat.

17. Fruit Bat Soup (Palau)

Fruit bat soup is a dish consumed in the Pacific island of Palau where it is was once a staple of the local diet.

It is now considered to be more of a delicacy but it acts as a great source of protein and so was a very useful dish to cook.

Fruit bats get their name from the fact that they feed on&hellip you guessed it&hellip fruit, as opposed to most bats who feed on insects.

There are mixed reviews about the taste of fruit bat soup with some very passionate advocates whereas others who are slightly underwhelmed by the flavor.

18. Crocodile Skewers (Australia)

Everyone knows Australia is famous for it&rsquos crocs, but not many people know that croc meat can make a delicious skewer!

In the USA they make a similar recipe with alligator meat, particularly in regions such as Florida or Louisiana where alligators are a common pest!

Usually the meat of a reptile is considered to be quite rubbery, but those who cook it often will have recipes to marinade the meat that softens it up.

After grilling on the barbecue, the skewers are often served as a kebab with pita bread and salad. Delicious, but still weird!

19. Jellied Moose Nose (Canada)

Jellied moose nose is a delicacy in Canada and Alaska where a moose nose is cooked in garlic, salt, pickling spices and vinegar and then cooled in a broth to form a jelly like substance.

Read more about the peculiarities of jellied moose nose including its origin and a recipe to make it yourself!

20. Bulls Testicles Criadillas (Argentina)

Well doesn&rsquot that look like a delicious piece of meat? Probably the grossest part of the animal to eat and definitely one of the strangest dishes eaten in the world, but bulls testicles are not even that rare.

In Argentina, Spain and Mexico the testicles are fried and served with salsa, but in the US you might know them as rocky mountain oysters. Criadillas is the Latino recipe for bulls testicles that comes out looking surprisingly not too bad once cooked.

Eating testicles might not sound too appetizing but it is a surprisingly common snack in countries where bullfighting is popular.

21. LIVE &ldquoDancing Shrimp&rdquo Goong Ten (Thailand)

Goong ten or &ldquodancing shrimp&rdquo is a delicacy in Northern Thailand where a bowl of live shrimpare doused in sauce and served to the customer to eat raw.

The shrimp are often calm until they are covered in the sauce which them causes them to jump around trying to escape, giving the illusion that they are dancing.

The sauce is in fact delicious so the flavour and taste is not actually that gross. But the fact that you&rsquore eating a live animal that is one of the most bizarre sensory experiences you can have with food.

22. Muktuk (Greenland & Canada)

Muktuk is an inuit delicacy consisting of the skin and blubber of bowhead, narwhal or beluga whales, cut into chunks. It is often served raw but can also be pickled and deep-fried before serving with soy sauce.


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