Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations

Top 9 Foul Foods

Home > Everywhere > Dinner | Food and Wine | Lists | Lunch
by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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
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.

1. Kopi Luwak Coffee

asian palm civet luwak
Wikimedia Author: Jordy Meow

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.

2. Birds' Nest Soup

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

casu marzu
Wikimedia Author: Shardan

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.

5. Fugu

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.

6. Balut

Wikimedia Author: Marshall Astor

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.

7. Escamoles

Mexicans eat escamoles in tacos. They taste like corn, have the texture of cottage cheese, and what are they? The eggs of black ant.

8. Hakarl

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.

9. Durian

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.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  57
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Your Comment
Great article Bryony!
by EricaL (score: 3|1679) 2327 days ago
Articles from other cities
Top Events
Popular Articles