Offbeat Food: 8 Things You Should Try Before You Die

Food is a strong indicator of culture as much as anything else. Recipes are handed down over generations to become a family’s legacy. If you go around the world you are bound to find all kinds of weird foods being consumed. The truth be told most of these weird foods are considered delicacies in their place of origin. Chances are you need a heart of steel and a very tolerant stomach to try most of these for the first time.

Taste is essentially palate based and what one person likes you may or may not. But we have one life and we must live it to the fullest. So one of these days when you feel even a nit adventurous go in and try one of the below-mentioned delicacies.  

Durian

Called the “King of Fruits” and extremely popular in Southeast Asia. Taste-wise people describe it as sweet and delicious. The only drawback, however, would be its pungent smell which you can smell thousands of miles away.

Its odor is so strong that it is illegal to carry this fruit on local transport or even through airports. This treatment of the food has given it a bad reputation. But if you’re traveling to Southeast Asia, you be essentially sure that it is not an experience you would easily forget, 

Horseshoe Crab

Even though it’s called a crab it is much more closely related to spiders and scorpions than to crabs. It is a popular dish in China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam but close home you might just be able to pick it up from some shops in Alaska and Cape Cod.

The female horseshoe is considered to be a delicacy because of its High Protein meat and it is prepared by grilling it whole and peeling the underside of the shell to retrieve the eggs. The Eggs then can be either eaten raw or added to a salad or omelet for a fishy flavor. 

Haggis

A traditional Scottish food Haggis is made with the liver, heart, and lungs of a sheep mixed with oatmeal, onions, and spices which is then packed into a sheep’s stomach and boiled. there are cheap versions of it available throughout Scotland which are made with artificial casings. But for a truly authentic you are better heading off to a hotel, B&B or a pub. 

Grasshoppers 

It is considered a delicacy all over the world due to its high protein content and filling nature. In places like rural Africa, they are considered a staple to ensure that a meal has fats, minerals, and vitamins. In Asia, they are a street food specialty where they are fried and sold.

In Mexico, they are called chapulines and served with lime and garlic. They are popular in the US too and have been described to have a flavor that closely resembles shrimp, crab, or lobster. 

Escamoles 

It is a well-known fact that tequila is made from blue agave, but a lesser-known fact is that people are also big fans of ant larva or escamoles which is found in the agave plant roots.

It was once considered an Aztec delicacy and it is now popular in central Mexico. It is often referred to as Insect caviar due to its exorbitant pricing.       

Vegemite

This thick black concoction is a favorite amongst Australians. There it is a staple to have vegemite on toast or even have it just out of the jar. Made from brewer’s yeast, this spread has been around since the 1920s.

What does it taste like? Salty and tangy, it has been described as a unique, not like anything else flavor. Though you would be advised to exercise caution as the flavor is considered acquired and if you haven’t come of age in the land down under it may be a hard sell.

Blood Pudding 

In some regions of the world is a common occurrence to have dishes made from animal blood. Blood pudding also called black pudding, is sausage that is made with blood and fillers like grains, potatoes and fat.

A traditional Irish breakfast is known to feature fried eggs, bacon, tomatoes, sausage, toast, potatoes and a slice of blood pudding. In Taiwan, locals enjoy a pig’s blood cake made with sticky rice cooked in pork blood and covered with peanuts and cilantro. 

Black Ivory Coffee 

This one is for the diehard coffee enthusiasts. Started in 2012 it is one of the world’s most expensive brews at $1,100 per kg. Naturally refined and plucked from the dropping of Thai elephants. You can expect the flavor to be smooth, rich and slightly earthy with a touch of elephant dung.

 There is a lot to be explored in this world and for a person open to trying out new foods all you have to do is imagine and you shall receive. It is next to impossible for someone to like everything that is on the list but if you do try something new you will have a new story to tell.   

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