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10 Unusual Foods I Don’t Care to Try

Updated on April 25, 2012
There are cute foods and then there are weird foods. These ones are cute!
There are cute foods and then there are weird foods. These ones are cute!

There are a lot of weird foods in the world. By weird, I don’t mean bad or disgusting or things that should not be eaten. I just mean that to many of us, the foods are unusual or strange or foreign and therefore feel weird to try. To someone else, the food may be a normal part of their diet or a fun oddity that they’re willing to try. I think it’s good to branch out and try unusual things, including unusual foods. And I don’t consider myself a picky eater. But there are some weird foods that I just personally have no desire to try.

Here are ten weird foods from around the world that don’t need to pass through my lips:

1. Cow Foot Jell-o. In my search for weird foods I came across this recipe that includes the foot of a cow and a package of Kool-aid. Yuck. Is this really edible? As a dessert?!

2. Live Octopus. I have absolutely zero desire to eat any animal while it’s still alive. Sannakji hoe is a type of Korean raw food that involves cutting up the octopus while it’s still alive and eating it while the suction cups on the arms of the octopus are still active. That means that there is a risk of one of those suction cups clasping on to your tongue or throat. No thanks.

3. Fugu. The blowfish is a delicacy in Japan and a weird food that a lot of people want to try. When cooked correctly, it’s apparently safe. But if it’s prepared incorrectly, the poison inside of it can kill you. That’s not a way that I want to go. I think blowfish look cool in aquariums; that’s enough for me!

4. Durian. I know one thing about this fruit: it stinks. Every time I’ve ever heard anyone say anything about this fruit, they say that the smell is terrifically rank and awful and repulsive. I don’t need to smell or taste that for myself in this lifetime. I’m okay without that personal experience.

5. Nutria. A 1995 report explains that nutria “is a 12 to 15-pound semiaquatic South American rodent that was introduced into the United States when animals were brought to Avery Island, Louisiana, in 1937.” It goes on to say that “The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LADWF) presently is investigating the potential for marketing nutria meat for human consumption, primarily for foreign markets.” I don’t know what happened with that but I can safely say that rodents, especially rodents of swampy lands, don’t need me to eat them.

6. Milt. Wikipedia tells me that “Milt is the seminal fluid of fish, mollusks, and certain other water-dwelling animals who reproduce by spraying this fluid, which contains the sperm, onto roe (fish eggs).” It also tells me that they eat fried herring milt in Russia, tuna milt on pasta in Sicily and various other fish milt in Japan.

7. Horse Sashimi. Apparently this is not all that unusual in Japan (so says the Internet anyway). I can’t bring myself to knowingly eat horse – personal preference. And I don’t like any sashimi. So this one is not for me.

8. Tuna Eyeball. Apparently eaten in Asia. No eyeballs for me, thanks.

9. Japanese Mega Pizza. Asylum reports on this pizza from Pizza Hut in Japans: “The crust is made of hot dogs wrapped in bacon and rolls of molten cheese. The center is built with hamburgers, cheese rolls, sausage, bacon, ham, bacon bits, mushroom, onion, pepper, garlic and tomato sauce.” And you can top it with maple syrup and / or ketchup. Maybe that sounds good to some people. Not to me.

10.Bugs of any kind. Eating insects is actually not all that weird compared to many of the foods on this list. In fact, it’s common in many countries and it’s increasingly popular around the world. I know of food trucks that specialize in serving them. I don’t care. I don’t want to eat bugs. You?

Have you tried any of these weird foods? Would you?


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    Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

    I actually like durian - it smells so bad it's worse for the people around you. Try anything else on your list? Okay, there's one I might eat - Nutria - but only if I was lost in the bayou and starving!

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    Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

    I was interested to see what you had listed and I have to agree that I would not eat any of those. I do however like tripe which is actually the lining of a cow's stomach and I thought would be on this list although it is not as rare as what you've mentioned.

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    Liam Hallam 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

    Having eaten blowfish I have to say you're definitely missing out.

    I've just got back from Marrakesh, Morocco and Snails were a local delicacy due to their french influences. I have to say they were fantastic but anyone I tell just seems to go- "Ewwwwwww, Yuck!"

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    TycoonSam 5 years ago from Washington, MI

    I do agree with you on all of the "Food"? you listed. Food? seriously?

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    supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

    Great hub! I totally agree. Never, ever want to try any of the foods on this list especially MILT. WT?!?!?! Voted up! ;)

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Definitely couldn't do the bugs...unless I was absolutely starved and it was the last thing to eat...maybe not even then! As for horse sushi...horrible! How could anyone eat such a noble creature such as the horse? And octopus? Been there, done that...the tentacles totally freak me out. I'm an adventurous eater but I can't stomach eating tentacles of any kind, squid or octopus. Awesome hub!

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    Demetry 5 years ago from Australia

    Milt is going way too far I think. There is just no need!! I probably would try a Witchetty grub - the Australian Aborigines eat it and apparently it tastes like almonds.

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    lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

    I have to agree with you wholeheartedly Kathryn. Let's leave these delicacies to the likes of Andrew Zimmern. They are truly bizarre foods!

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    FreddyCaple 5 years ago from Louisville, Ky

    Cow foot jello? YIKES!! :-)

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    Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

    Right with you there, Kathryn ... like you I could never be accused of being a picky eater but these suggestions are just gross or downright cruel!!

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    Linda Liebrand 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Imagine coming into a restaurants and finding all this on the menu. Yuk! :o) Voted interesting...

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    JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

    Durian is defnitely an acquired taste...and smell. I actually like it - durain candies are nice. As a fruit, it's a bit strong for me. There's a Durian Frappe in Davao, Philippines. I have not tried it though.

    Eating live octopus is just nasty. Poor octopus!

    Bugs are high in protein.

    YOu've got an interesting list here. :)

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    Johanna Mary Elisabeth Baker 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

    Great hub Kathryn; always enjoy your This one was extremely tasty...NOT.

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    Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

    Eww...thanks for the update Kathryn.

    Thank heavens I am a picky

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    shesacraftymom 5 years ago

    Those sound horrible. They sound like Fear Factor foods! Especially any kind of eyeball or seminal fluid, and $50,000 would NEVER be enough for me to eat this stuff. Very interesting hub!

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    Carmen Beth 5 years ago

    Ewww...these food are so strange. It's a 'no thank you' from me too. However, I like the way you describe eating a live octopus.

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    dappledesigns 5 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

    I read through almost sure that I could find at least one thing that I would be at least willing to try. I'm picky, but I am willing to try things at least once. This one, I will wholeheartedly agree with you. Although I would probably try Fugu if the opportunity was there (literally put in front of me without asking me)... just to say that I did and didn't die. But I would not go looking for it by any means :)

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    ctbrown7 5 years ago

    Unlike you, I am a picky eater, and all of these foods sound really bad. Interesting to read though.