Five Gross Foods That Other Cultures Love
Some foods just weren’t meant to be eaten, and some cultures insist on eating them anyway. From fruit that smells like a toilet to the fetus of a duck, check out this list of the most disgusting foods that other cultures actually love to eat…..
Durian – South East Asia
Known as the King of Fruits, Durian is certainly a force to be reckoned with. First of all, it’s a very large piece of fruit. It’s about the size of a rugby ball and it’s covered with thick, sharp spikes kind of like a porcupine. In other words, it’s Mother Natures way of saying, “back off, sicko – you really don’t wanna taste what’s inside this thing.” But instead people take a machete to the thick, spiky rind, opening Pandora’s stinking, gelatinous box and unleashing the fury of a thousand rest-stop bathrooms on any olfactory nerve within a mile radius. What’s inside is an oozing, jelly-like fruit that has the scent of a port-o-john and the taste of port-o-john-flavored custard. Seriously, it’s hard to get past the smell, but if you do, you’ll be rewarded with a rich, creamy, mouthful of sick. How people like this is a mystery to me.
Lutefisk – Norway
Here’s how Lutefisk is made. Take dried, salted cod and soak it in cold water for six days. Next, soak the waterlogged fish in a lye solution for two days, or until the PH value of the fish is 12. That’s caustic enough to cause a chemical burn. At this point, the fish is too caustic to even consider eating, as it would burn through your entrails like Alien spit through metal. To render the fish edible, it must be soaked again in cold water for another 6 days. Finally, steam what’s left for 25 minutes and enjoy!
Escamoles – Mexico
First of all it’s way too close to the word “Eskimo.” Second of all. Sometimes known as insect caviar, Escamoles are actually the larvae of large black ants who make their home in the roots of the agave and mageay plant in Mexico. They have the consistency of cottage cheese and taste (according to wikipedia) buttery and slightly nutty. Yuck.
Stink Heads – Alaska
Stink Heads. A less-than-appealing name, to be sure, but let’s not judge a book by its stinky cover just yet – let’s first delve deeper. Natives to Alaska’s frozen and inhospitable environment know a thing or two about sustainability – and they don’t like to waste anything. So they eat fish heads – specifically, the heads of King salmon. Don’t get me wrong, I like salmon but I’ll be damned if I eat the head of one.
Balut – Vietnam
Everyone loves a good boiled egg for breakfast. Crack and peel the shell, give it a sprinkling of salt and pepper to taste, and dig in to that familiar and delicious taste and consistency. But what if it was a duck egg instead of chicken? And what if inside that creamy yellow yolk, there was a half-formed duck fetus, complete with fledgling feathers and beak? Enough said. Ouch.Speak Your MindTell us what you're thinking... and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!