6 Most Terrifying Foods around the World
Some foods are not meant to be eaten, yet in some places it is considered a delicacy. Here is a list of some of the most terrifying foods around the world.
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.
It is prohibited to eat this fruit in some public places
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.
Cazu Marzu – Sardinia, Italy
Casu Marzu is a sheep’s milk cheese that has been deliberately infested by a Piophila casei, the “cheese fly”. The result is a maggot-ridden, weeping stink bomb in an advanced state of decomposition.
Its translucent larvae are able to jump about 6 inches into the air, making this the only cheese that requires eye protection while eating. The taste is strong enough to burn the tongue, and the larvae themselves pass through the stomach undigested, sometimes surviving long enough to breed in the intestine, where they attempt to bore through the walls, causing vomiting and bloody diarrhea.
This dish is illegal in Sardinia, the only place where people would want to eat it.
Baby Mice Wine – Korea.
Baby mice wine is a traditional Chinese and Korean “health tonic,” which apparently tastes like raw gasoline. Little mice, eyes still closed, are plucked from the embrace of their loving mothers and stuffed (while still alive) into a bottle of rice wine. They are left to ferment while their parents wring their tiny mouse paws in despair, tears drooping sadly from the tips of their whiskers.
Balut – South East Asia
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.