Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published March 26th 2014
The Delicious, Deadly, and Disgusting
Some of the most prized ingredients that are considered decadent delicacies are actually sourced in ways that might actually put you off your food. After reading up on Louise Dixon's The Cooks Book for the Cook That's Best at Everything, I have discovered some foods that are not for the faint hearted or weak stomached.
A luwak is a type of civet that inhabits the Sumatran jungle. It loves to feed on the red berries of coffee trees, and farmers collect the animal's droppings, to clean, and then ground into coffee. It has a nutty flavour, and considered one of the best coffee in the world.
Birds' nest soup is made from the saliva of male swiftlet. Although tasteless, it is highly prized because of its believed medicinal and aphrodisiacal properties. The swiftlet population has severely suffered because of it.
3. Casu Frazigu Cheese
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Casu Frazigu is a Pecorino cheese that has been left to ferment and infested with maggots to bring out the flavour and make it very soft. It is an extremely smelly cheese, and the Italian government has banned its sale.
4. Snake Wine
In Vietnam, some people drain the blood of snakes into rice wine. Although it tastes awful, people believe it is an aphrodisiac with healing properties.
If you are a fan of The Simpsons then you'll already know about this one. Remember the episode when Homer has only twenty-four hours to live because he ate fugu? Fugu is a highly poisonous Japanese puffer fish, which only licensed trained chefs are allowed to prepare. They have to cut out all the poisonous parts before it can be consumed.
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Balut is a fertilised duck egg eaten as a street snack eaten in the Philippines. Inside is the partially formed duck foetus, which is eaten raw.
Mexicans eat escamoles in tacos. They taste like corn, have the texture of cottage cheese, and what are they? The eggs of black ant.
The way to prove that you are hardy, strong and full of nerve in Iceland, is to eat harkarl - without throwing it up. Harkal is shark's meat that has been buried in gravel for four months so that it it putrefies and tastes like urine and ammonia.
Durian looks like as spiky melon, and in Asia is known as the 'king of fruits'. However, most people just know it as smelling really bad - like rotting flesh. The odour is so offensive, it is illegal to eat in public.