7 Freaky Delicacies from around the World
Updated: Aug 27, 2018
How culinarily adventurous do you consider yourself? The irony of international cuisine has always been that certain items we would deem strange or unsafe to eat will always be perceived as nutritious, delicious and even valuable in other places. The following dishes are all considered delicacies- some rare, some dangerous and some even controversial. If you're willing to try just one, then you are truly a foodie adventurer.
7. Jellied Moose Nose
Yes, you read that right, jellied moose nose. Typically prepared with salt and garlic, this Canadian (but generally North American) dish is served cold after being seasoned, boiled and chilled. While perfectly safe to eat when prepared the right way, this particular dish is unappetizing to most of us. To others, it's the perfect cracker snack. Just remember to pluck out the hair.....
6. Kutti Pi
One of the more taboo items on this list, Kutti Pi is an Anglo-Indian dish that centers around an unborn goat fetus, usually combined with spices and vegetables. The interesting thing about it is that it exists even though it's greatly frowned upon in India and other countries. And one can see why: the notion of consuming a fetus feels to many like a desecration and an overall violation against nature.
5. Casu Marzu
Rare and revolting, the famous Casu Marzu cheese hails from Sardinia, Italy. Live maggots infest the cheese as a result of the way it's prepared: it's actually purposefully left out for weeks so the maggots arrive. These, in turn, consume, digest and soften the cheese further, giving it that special taste that Casu Marzu lovers look for. Illegal in some places, this cheese is obviously not for everyone.
Fugu is a Japanese delicacy made from blowfish. However, just one slight mistake during its preparation can prove deadly to its consumer. Poisonous organs of the fish containing deadly tetrodoxin must be carefully removed to avoid this, and so chefs handling the fish must have proper training and a special license to do so. Pricy and uncommon, the dish is said to be well worth a try, as long as you pick a seasoned fugu chef you can trust.
Raw, live octopus. Believe it or not, this is a common thing in Korea. Considered delicious by many, octopus is thought to have properties that support virility and strength. Traditionally, Sannakji is prepared by chopping up the live octopus and immediately combining it with other ingredients. Nerve responses make so that the tentacles still writhe around as you consume them. The creature may be dead by then, but people have been known to choke regardless, as the tentacles crawl and suction against the throat. Even scarier is the fact that many choose to eat the octopus whole and still alive. Remember to chew, kids.
This one is pretty gross, so be warned. Ambergris is a substance produced in the digestive system of sperm whales. When secreted through the rectum, it floats in the ocean and then hardens into the clandestine looking mass you see above. This rare and outrageously expensive item can fetch up to tens of thousands of dollars a piece, as ambergris possesses chemical properties used to make the finest perfumes. Throughout history, it's been taken as medicine and has also become a gastronomic gem. Apparently, it goes well with eggs.
We have arrived at our number one spot: Ikizukuri. Rough Translation: prepared alive. That's right, Ikizukuri refers to pretty much any type of live sashimi: fish, squid, lobster, octopus, shrimp, and even frog. Preparation of this morbid, Japanese delicacy entails the strategic butchering of the animal in question so that as much of its meat is extracted/exposed while still keeping it alive. The meat is then placed decoratively around the suffering animal and presented to the diner, Numerous videos on the web show examples of this, wherein the fish or other creatures twitch in agony as they're eaten. Google at your own risk.