Special Report

The Strangest Food From Every State

Source: PicturePartners / Getty Images

Virginia
> Weird food: Cownose ray

This plump, thick-snouted stingray was once accused of destroying the oyster population in Chesapeake Bay, though it has since been acquitted of the crime. Its wings, however, are almost as much of a delicacy as those bivalves. They’ve been cut into rounds and substituted for scallops, but it can also be made into kabobs or fajitas, among other things.

See all stories featuring: Virginia

Source: EllieHan / Getty Images

Washington
> Weird food: Geoduck

Pronounced “gooey-duck,” this is a giant clam with an obscene-looking protruding body that it can’t retract into its shell. Its meat is tough but tastes good and is often found in sushi bars.

See all stories featuring: Washington

Source: DAlanHirt / Wikimedia Commons

West Virginia
> Weird food: Fried squirrel

Hunters used to bring home squirrels for dinner when they couldn’t catch anything better, and in fact, the meat is said to be quite good — sweet and nutty, like a cross between rabbit and (what else?) chicken. It’s still appreciated in West Virginia, which hosts an annual Squirrel Fest, and where frying is a preferred method of preparation.

See all stories featuring: West Virginia

Source: bhofack2 / Getty Images

Wisconsin
> Weird food: Cheese curds

Cheese curds aren’t all that strange as long as you don’t mind eating something that squeaks. In making cheese, milk is acidified and coagulated, separating out the whey from the solid part — the curd. Curds are then pressed into a mold to form cheese. Curds that don’t get pressed just stay curds — and in Wisconsin and other dairy states, they’re enjoyed fresh by the handful like popcorn. (They’re also the correct cheesey component of Quebec’s famous poutine.)

See all stories featuring: Wisconsin

Source: Courtesy of Wyoming Buffalo Company

Wyoming
> Weird food: Jackalope summer sausage

There’s no such thing as a jackalope. It’s a joke animal, a jackrabbit with antlers. The Wyoming Buffalo Company in Cody doesn’t let that stop it. The company makes a hickory-smoked salami-like summer sausage from “jackalope” that’s actually a not-inappropriate blend of rabbit, venison, and pork.

See all stories featuring: Wyoming

Sponsored: Tips for Investing

A financial advisor can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of investment properties. Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can interview your advisor matches at no cost to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.

Investing in real estate can diversify your portfolio. But expanding your horizons may add additional costs. If you’re an investor looking to minimize expenses, consider checking out online brokerages. They often offer low investment fees, helping you maximize your profit.