From insects to sperm, bats and arachnids, humans will put anything in their mouth, if it tastes good.
Sharks have been known to eat the strangest things. License plates, truck tires, suits of armor and chicken coops. These things have all shown up in the belly of dangerous underwater beasts.
But humans aren’t that far off, when it comes to dinnertime. We also ingest some darn bizarre dishes and call it a meal.
Check out these 7 weirdest things people eat, from around the world:
Considered a delicacy in places like Cambodia, fried tarantulas are eaten by many. The custom came into being when corrupt rulers basically starved the country’s citizens and forced them to turn to anything they could find, for food.
Apparently children still coax tarantulas out of the forests to be caught and eaten. Danger factor? It’s sort of like gathering honey, they say.
Eight legs and all, roll them in garlic or sugar and enjoy this crunchy delight!
2) Dead Birds in a Seal
Kiviak is a dish from Greenland. It involves stuffing a dead seal with birds, and leaving it all to ferment for about 7 months. Eat it raw when it’s “done” and enjoy this dish that some say tastes like a “very mature cheese”. Yum.
Aside from the pretty gross factor, you do have to ask: who the heck decided to try it in the first place? One lucky soul.
When in Vietnam, why not eat cobra? This blog describes how the whole process happens, and warns you of the fact that you just might feel the snake’s heart beating in your throat, as it goes down.
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4) Fruit Bat Soup
Fruit bats are pretty harmless, so it’s seems a little unfair to eat them. Nonetheless, we do eat copious amounts of chicken and beef worldwide, and when did a cow ever trample on a human? OK, maybe once or twice but not every day.
Fruit bat soup is consumed in many places including Indonesia. Here’s a recipe for making it yourself, complete with soy sauce, ginger and coconut cream- delish.
5) Fish Sperm
We eat fish eggs, so it actually makes quite a bit of sense that we ingest fish sperm, while we’re at it. Milt, as it’s commonly called, is the male genitalia of a fish with sperm inside. Russian cooks serve it, as well as their Japanese and Sicilian counterparts. It isn’t usually served by itself, but accompanies other dishes as a fried food.
6) Bull Testicles
Rocky Mountain oysters, prairie oysters, call it what you may: bull testicles are a delicacy for many. How to chow down? They’re often served fried and dipped in cocktail sauce, no pun intended.
7) Live Octopus
It’s one thing to go out on a limb for dead octopus, but those who eat live octopus are in a category by themselves. It’s the tiny octopi that humans eat, and apparently it’s very yummy. Check out the woman above from Korea, wrestling one down for fun.