Food is a universal language that everyone speaks. It has evolved to suit the tastes of a diverse people, culture and ethnicity. Its no surprise that there are foods you might not have even heard of or imagine eating…food you might consider weird. Here is a list of the top 10 weirdest foods from around the world!
Maggot Cheese in Sardinia Italy
Yes you read right, this sardinia delicacy can’t get any weirder. It’s called casu marzu – literally “rotten cheese.” The name of this maggot cheese, which is also found in nearby Corsica, doesn’t in reality reflect the conservation status of the cheese, which is by no means rotten.
Casu Marzu is a well aged pecorino cheese in which holes have been placed, and then left outside for flies to deposit their eggs in it. Once the eggs open, the maggots larvae start feeding on the cheese and the cheese is ready. Hard on the outside, the inside of the cheese looks more like a thick spread. It’s a strong cheese, not for those who like mild flavors, and it’s eaten while the maggots are still alive. Whew!
Morcilla blood sausage in Spain
Morcilla looks like a normal sausage, but it’s very dark, almost black in color. Morcilla is a type of blood sausage local to Spain. It is made with cooked pork blood, which is mixed with rice and onions, and then left to dry. Morcilla looks like a normal sausage, but its color is very dark, almost black
Mopane Worms in South Africa
This is food for the brave. A special way they are eaten is raw and uncooked! Mopane caterpillars are a South African dish which is high in protein.
Pickled Swallow in Laos
One of the most exotic food of Laos is the pickled swallows, or nok ann toong, in Lao language. A speciality of Xieng Khouang Province, located in the little-visited north-east of Laos, sour swallows are a seasonal delicacy of the region. With its relatively high altitude and cool climate, Xieng Khouang Province is home to many distinct food items not found in other parts of Laos.
Tarantulas in Siem Reap
These scary bugs are a delicious delicacy you can find on the street stalls of Siem Reap. Often described as delicious and similar to eating crabs, this huge spider are nutritious, eco-friendly and a great way to support local businesses.
Brain Curry in India
Goat Brain curry is one of the bizarre foods you can have in different parts of India.
The spices vary from region to region but it’s mostly a stir-fried dry dish and served with some gravy dish or dal. It is made by stir-frying raw brain in onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic paste, cumin, and black pepper. It’s easy to cook and gets ready very fast.
Century Egg / 100 Year Old Egg In China
Maybe it’s not really 100 years old, but this egg is pretty rotten. After being preserved in a mixture of clay, ash and quicklime for a few months, the yolk turns a dark green or even black and slimy while the white turns to a dark brown translucent jelly. Apparently it smells strongly of sulfur and ammonia, but tastes like hard boiled egg.
Wasp Crackers in Japan
This rice crackers infused with wasps is a rave snack in japan, especially liked by the seniors. The jibachi senbei, or digger wasp rice crackers, are made in Omachi town 200 km (120 miles) northwest of Tokyo and have five or six black digger wasps each, clearly visible to the naked eye.
Bird’s Nest Soup in Southeast Asia
This Asian delicacy is made from the nest of the swiftlet bird, who instead of collecting twigs for its bed, builds it out of its own gummy saliva, which goes hard when exposed to air. Usually they build high up on cliff edges, making harvesting them a dangerous business.
Southern Fried Rattlesnake In United States
A favorite in the Southwestern United States, it’s said to taste a little like frogs legs. Experts advise boiling the meat off the bones before dipping in egg and covering in seasoned salt mix, flour and breadcrumbs. Deep fat fry and munch away.