All of us love to eat, that’s probably the reason why we humans bond more over food. Be it street food, comfort food or gourmet food, we crave for different cuisines based on our mood. No matter what the situation is, good food has the power to uplift us.
Over the years, the culinary world has evolved miles ahead. We have tasted the good, the bad and the worst. It is common to find good recipes being treated like precious gold. So much so that, certain foods have become synonymous with the region or the restaurants that they are served in. While some recipes are carried down through generations, the culinary world is all about experimenting with flavours.
Although most of us could never say no to food, there are certain delicacies one must rethink before eating. Here’s a list of 6 foods from around the world which only daredevils must attempt to try!
– Commonly known as ‘fugu’, the pufferfish is a renowned Japanese delicacy. People from Japan risk their lives in order to have a bite of this fish.
– The skin, liver and ovaries of the fish contain tetrodotoxin- a poison which is more powerful than cyanide and affects the nervous system. A pufferfish carries enough poison to kill over 30 people.
– Chefs have to mandatorily train for over two years and hold a special license to serve ‘fugu’ to customers. If an amateur so much as cuts this fish the wrong way, its poison is released into the dish.
– Death by pufferfish poisoning is fast and violent. The poison paralyses the victim, causes breathing problems and finally kills them.
– ‘Sannakji’ is a delicacy made of baby octopuses. It is a traditional Korean dish which constitutes bite-sized pieces of octopus in soy sauce and sesame seeds.
– This may not sound daunting yet. But, you should know that the residual nerve activity in octopus tentacles causes them to wriggle even after they have been cut into pieces. In short, the tentacles could be moving around in your plate.
– Moreover, the suction cups on the octopus’ arms could attach themselves to your throat, chocking you instantly.
– According to a report, every year around six people die eating this dish. It is advisable to chew the octopus pieces thoroughly before their suckers get the best of you!
– Giant bullfrogs are considered as a delicacy in Namibia.
– If the thought of eating a slimy amphibian doesn’t make your stomach churn then wait for what’s to follow. The skin and organs of bullfrogs contain toxins strong enough to cause kidney failure.
– As per the Namibian tradition, bullfrogs are considered safe to eat after the mating season and “third rain”. However, it is a good idea to politely decline this dish if it is passed on to you.
– Blood clams are always in high demand in China and have now made their entry to the US. As the name suggests, these clams are covered in blood.
– This species of clams may not look lethal, however, they are a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Consuming them can cause health conditions like typhoid, dysentery, hepatitis A and E.
– The glorified dish is ready to eat after a quick boil but that does not get rid of the dangers that come from it.
– While most of us prefer to stop at mozzarella or parmesan, some cheese aficionados would kill for a bite of ‘Casu marzu’.
– ‘Casu marzu’ literally translates to rotten cheese and is a traditional favourite in Sardinia, Italy. The ageing process of this cheese causes it to develop maggots which means, every bite of it could contain its larvae or eggs.
– If ingested, maggot larvae can cause intestinal lesions, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, pain and even death. This variety of cheese is notoriously famous for its health hazards, hence, it is illegal in the EU.
– Many people feel pumped up to try shark meat as it is uncommon to see a predator becoming prey. ‘Hákarl’ or cured shark is a highly exalted delicacy in Iceland.
– Greenland sharks, the star ingredient used in making ‘Hákarl’, have no kidneys. This means that there is no filter to expel its waste. The shark meat is full of trimethylamine oxide, a compound, which makes it lethal if eaten.
– In order to make this dish, chunks of shark meat are buried under gravel, sand and heavy stones for up to three months. After this process squeezes out the toxic waste, the meat is further dried for another six months before they’re ready to eat.
– While we don’t recommend you try it, go for this dish only if you’re willing to withstand a full-blown assault on your nose and overall health
These dishes may be interesting to read about, however, we don’t recommend that you try them. Always remember that your health and safety are in your own hands. No delicacy of this world is worth risking your lives for!