8 Exotic Foods Around the World

Date:16-07-2013 11:40:04 read:1

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There are foods available around the globe which are considered strange to the human appetite but nevertheless, they do exist. Here are some of the 8 exotic foods in the world.

1. Durian fruit

This delectable fruit enjoyed by many animals is not widely available. You might think it is juicier than mangoes or strawberries but its powerful whiff will prove you wrong as it is a cross between vomit and rotten vegetables.

2. Madagascan Hissing Cockroach

The only way many people prefer cockroaches are in their dead form and miles away from their homes, hence you will find pest sprays in their kitchen. But in many cultures, cockroaches are as appetizing as fried chicken.

3. Earthworms

For most people, they are a farmer’s friend but consumption of the same is considered absolutely absurd. In Croatia however, there is a restaurant which only serves earthworms which the locals consider enriched with iron and protein.

4. Prairie oysters

Prairie oysters are actually the testicles of animals such as bulls, sheep and pigs, mostly domestic animals. It’s a widely popular cuisine in cattle grazing areas in America, Canada, Europe and Australia.

5. Cobra heart

This Vietnamese delicacy will make your heart, in particular, cringe. It is like getting a glimpse of a vampire series, except that here the victims are not humans, but the cobra snake. The beating heart is ripped out from the living animal and consumed by dipping in its own blood.

6. Monkey brains

Moving on to another body part, this comes from the animal closest to the human race –monkeys! In countries like China, Africa and South Asia, it is not unusual to have a meal of monkey brains.

7. Sharks

Imagine a role reversal in the movie ‘Jaws’ where the hunted becomes the hunter! Hakari or rotten shark flesh is a relishing feast for the Icelanders. The meat is prepared by burying the shark for 6 to 8 weeks and then curing it for 2 months. The long process suggests that Icelanders love to reserve this delight for special occasions.

8. Wasp-y baked snacks

No one likes to even have a wasp or bee hive around their homes, forget having their sharp sting in their mouth. In certain parts of Japan, eating crackers with wasps baked in it, is a real treat. Talk about substituting chocolate chips with sting!

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