Strange Foods around the World

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Are you a foodie? Do you like to try new and interesting dishes? These strange foods might have you second guessing your adventurous eating habits. Bon Apetite!

Escamoles (Mexico)

Escamoles  are the edible larvae and pupae of ants that are harvested from the roots of the Agave tequilana (tequila) plant. They taste buttery and nutty, with a texture akin to that of cottage cheese.

 Escamoles are a strange food

Tuna Eyeballs (Japan)

Yes, you read that right! Almost every part of the fish is used–including the eyes. These are pretty cheap and usually prepared by boiling or steaming and seasoning with garlic or soy sauce. Apparently they tastes a little like squid. We’ll take your word for it.

Crispy Tarantulas  (Cambodia)

These spiders were first eaten by desperate Cambodians who were starving during the Khmer Rouge regime. What was once a necessity for staying alive have become a popular deep-fried snack throughout the country. Rumor has it they like crab.

crispy tarantulas are a strange food in Cambodia

Huitlacoche (Mexico)

Huitlacoche or “corn smut” is a plant disease caused by a fungus that causes smut on corn. The fungus forms galls on all above-ground parts of corn species, and is known in Mexico as the delicacy huitlacoche It is eaten, usually as a filling, in quesadillas and other tortilla-based foods, and soups.Really strange food

Muktuk (Greenland)

Muktuk is a traditional Inuit meal of frozen whale skin and blubber. It is usually served either raw or pickled. The skin tastes like hazelnuts and the fat and protective layer in between are both extremely chewy. It will keep you busy for awhile.

whale blubber is really chewy

Locusts (Israel)

When swarms of locusts invade Israel the people combat the problem by eating them. It’s a nice holistic approach. Breaded locust and chocolate-covered locust are the most popular way to eat these crunchy critters.

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