Aged black eggs and sea-going worms – these and other delicacies from around the world may seem like they’re only fit for the most fearless gourmands. And some exotic fruits look so strange, you may wonder what ancient hominid was daring enough to first try eating one. However, when confronted with strange-looking foods, it’s best to heed this advice: don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. (The U.S. is home to plenty of weird culinary traditions. These are the strangest foods from every state.)
Often, flavorful foods come in less than appetizing configurations. To determine 25 weird looking foods that taste amazing, 24/7 Tempo consulted numerous culinary sites including Gastro Obscura, selecting the strangest looking raw and prepared foods that are widely considered not only edible but delicious.
Mushrooms, vegetables, and marine creatures can all come in forms whose appearance might not whet the appetite, yet are considered delicacies for good reason. And while the 20-pound, spiky jackfruit might look more suitable as a weapon than a food and the fruit of the salak palm might resemble a curled-up pangolin, they are among the many tropical fruits that have daunting exteriors concealing delightfully aromatic flesh. (Speaking of tropical fruit, did you know that bananas are radioactive, among other surprising food facts?)
Organ meats, otherwise known by the unfortunate homophone “offal,” can look and smell unappetizing to the less adventurous eater, but they are often the most tender parts of an animal. Glands such as lamb pancreas and sea urchin gonads, when prepared by a knowledgeable chef, can provide unforgettable dining experiences – in a good way.
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