Strange delicacies you can’t imagine
Wherever you travel you will undoubtedly come across different things, this is after all the purpose of travelling. You want experience different cultures, customs and ways of life. The world is a big place filled with many strange and wonderful things and the more you travel, the more you experience then the more you will grow as a person.
I have met many an intrepid traveller, many who have experienced so much of the world. All of whom are some of the most open minded people I know, and diversity is what they thrive on, it’s why they travel and it’s what they seek. But one thing most of them have in common, is the inability to come to turns with what some cultures eat or drink. I am not sure why but this is always a divisive subject and always divides opinion. Some people just can’t get to grips with the strange and weird foods found in different cultures.
So ask yourself, next time you head off somewhere exotic how far are you prepared to go when it comes to experiencing their culture? You will partake in dances, festivals and dress, but would you eat the cuisine? Not the everyday food but the things you don’t find back home, or are not even sure if there legal at home?
Below are some truly strange delicacies found around the world, ask yourself how many dare you try?
Witchetty Grub – Australia
For most of us anything that resembles a maggot is not going to feature high on our list of must eat things. Especially a giant maggot the size of a large thumb. But for the aboriginal people of Australia these 3 inch long, white larvae are a staple of their desert diet. They are considered a great source of protein and are greatly revered.
Australia is a popular gap year destination and eating one of these is almost like a right of passage now to many a European student.
Grasshoppers – All over the world
Insects are not my first choice when looking for a tasty snack. Give me a bag of chips any day. But in many cultures a handful of deep fried insects is a staple snack or street food.
Grasshoppers are the most popular of all the insects, rich in protein, healthy and in rich abundance they can be found in food markets and street stalls all over the world. In Asia it is hard not to come across them on virtually every street corner, they actually make a great accompaniment to an ice cold beer. Just add a pinch of salt and you have the perfect alternative to a bowl of peanuts. Try some at home
Fried Spiders – Cambodia
I am like most people and the though of even a small house spider coming anywhere near me, sends shivers down my spine. I’m nit sure where my fear comes from, maybe the movie arachnophobia which I watched when I was far too young?
So struggling to be anywhere near a small spider, there is very little change I am ever going to eat one of these creatures. But many folk do, especially in Cambodia where they are considered a luxury food item. Many top tourist restaurants in the capital Phnom Penh offer them to daring tourists.
The most popular of all are the tarantula, deep fried and served with a chili and lime dip. Not for me though, even the thought is making me a little queasy.
Preserved eggs – China
For me I am always weary off eggs, if there is any doubt to their freshness I will not eat them. If they are one day past sell by date they are in the bin. After all I don’t want Salmonella, do you?
In China they don’t seem to worry about this and they love to eat preserved eggs that are months old. In fact they are so old there yolks have turned jet black, surely this is a sign that things can’t be good? Apparently not, and 1 billion Chinese people can’t be wrong, can they?
So next time you head off somewhere exotic, try to find the strangest thing they eat and try it for yourself. Share you experiences by commenting below. Go on we dare you.