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Strange Foods and Downright Weird Foods that People Eat

Updated on November 14, 2015

Deep Fried Twinkie Anyone?

Deep fried Twinkie on a stick is a popular treat in some cities.
Deep fried Twinkie on a stick is a popular treat in some cities. | Source

Strange foods not usually found in family cookbooks

A few years ago I collected recipes from family members and put together a family recipe book for our family reunion. In it, the older generation shared many favorite recipes that their kids loved. There was rouladin, sauerbraten, pierogies, and Black Forest Cake. The younger generation shared their best recipes for barbeque, cookies and beer battered fish. Everyone loved having all these favorites in one place.


Weird Foods

Now, as I read through that cookbook, I see that it is obviously missing a vital section: Weird Foods that People Eat. Missing is the mustard sandwich that my oldest son used to make out of white bread and mustard. I didn’t add my favorite liverwurst, raisin and relish sandwich. No one mentioned bananas and sour cream or leftover spaghetti with cinnamon, sugar and butter on it. Old favorites like an egg sandwich with grape jelly or peanut butter sandwich with cucumber slices were totally ignored.

But these quirky family food preferences are nothing compared to the strange foods that people eat around the country and around the world.

Fried Pickles Served with Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing

Fried pickles are a popular local treat in some areas of the South.
Fried pickles are a popular local treat in some areas of the South. | Source

Fried Pickles and Deep Fried Twinkies on a Stick

Thinking about some of these family favorites made me wonder what unique snacks people around the world might enjoy. Even in the U.S. there are regional favorites that have to be acquired tastes. In some southern towns, local diners offer fried pickles coated with a beer batter, deep fried and served with ranch or blue cheese dressing while deep fried Twinkies, batter dipped, fried and served on a stick are found in New York City.

Charlotte Russe

When I was a kid in the 1950s, my parents took me to New York City often and one of our special treats was a Charlotte Russe purchased from a street vendor. I’ve never seen it sold since then, but I remember it as a delectable piece of cake served in a paper cup and topped with swirled whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. As a little girl, I loved its looks as much as its taste.

But these foods, while they might be a novelty, are definitely not strange foods compared to some other weird foods that people eat! Read on...

Head Cheese - Mmmmm...

Head cheese was a way to use up otherwise unusable parts of the animal.
Head cheese was a way to use up otherwise unusable parts of the animal. | Source

Unusual Food Made From Heart, Liver, Lungs or Heads

Haggis, a Scottish dish that seems to be universally disliked, is a pudding made from sheep’s heart, liver and lungs. While it hasn't gained much popularity in the U.S., some of these other equally weird foods have.

Head Cheese or Souse

Head Cheese or souse is made from cow or pig’s head with eyes, ears and brain removed. This is a jellied meat made from cow or pig’s head, sometimes including pigs feet. The cleaned head of the animal is cooked until the meat falls off the bone, then it's seasoned and poured into a mold to jell. When head cheese cools, it can be sliced. My Russian grandfather used to love this, as did my father, and it was often served sliced as a lunchtime treat. I was surprised to find a similar version was popular in my husband’s German farm family. While many of us find the thought of this unusual food repulsive, making head cheese is just one way of making sure that nothing goes to waste when slaughtering an animal.

Squirrel Brains, Anyone?

The Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Appalachia, serves traditional mountain comfort food –squirrel brains. While there is a video showing in detail exactly how squirrel and squirrel brains are prepared at the Appalachian resort, I've chosen to delete it as my audience may not be ready for this. Suffice to say that, while the preparation is unappetizing, the finished dish doesn't look half bad. That doesn't mean I'd eat it, though! Would you?


Rocky Mountain Oysters

Rocky Mountain Oysters look good, but do you know what they are?
Rocky Mountain Oysters look good, but do you know what they are? | Source

Rocky Mountain Oysters - Definitely a Strange Food!

Despite the appetizing look of the dish, here's one that the squeamish may not find enticing once they discover what it is. My personal opinion? Rocky Mountain Oysters are only a dish that cowboys would enjoy eating.

Rocky Mountain Oysters – Also sometimes called sweetbreads, Rocky Mountain Oysters, or Prairie Oysters, are actually calf testicles. They are prepared by peeling (ugh!), then slicing, breading and frying the ...uh...oysters. Rocky Mountain Oysters seem to be more popular in cattle country like Texas and Oklahoma. They are not something usually seen on menus in the Northeast!

Corn Smut - What a delicacy!

Corn Smut - a delicacy in Mexican cuisine.
Corn Smut - a delicacy in Mexican cuisine. | Source

Corn Smut, or Huitlacoche...Yum!

Corn smut, called huitlacoche in Mexico, is considered a delicacy in Mexico and certain gourmet Mexican restaurants in the U.S. Perhaps if no one told us that huitlacoche is another name for "corn smut", a blue fungus that forms galls on corn, it would seem more enticing. When cooked properly, the color of Huitlacoche changes to black. It is said to have an earthy taste similar to mushrooms, and is eaten as filling in quesadillas, in omlets and succotash and in soups.

Menudo

Menudo – Another traditional Mexican dish, menudo is a soup made from beef stomach, lime, cilantro, oregano, onions and spices. This is a traditional dish, and restaurants in the Southwest often advertise it as a special around holiday time.


Feet, Guts and Other Spare Parts

Pig’s uterus, kidneys, chicken feet, tripe are all components for regional and ethnic dishes found in larger cities with diverse cultures. Probably all delicious when prepared properly...


Balut - Fertilized duck egg

Balut: Fertilized duck egg...ready to cook!
Balut: Fertilized duck egg...ready to cook! | Source

Balut, Duck Egg with Embryo...Strange Food, Indeed!

Balut is a fertilized duck egg, but not just fertilized, it has the actual baby duck embryo inside. Hard boiled duck egg with duck embryo inside is a Filipino treat that is sold by street vendors in the Philippines. It has not quite caught on in the U.S. Though it can be found at Filipino markets, few restaurants will offer balut.

Lutefisk...dinner, anyone?

Lutefisk dinner.
Lutefisk dinner. | Source

Lutefisk - Strange Food ... Or Is It Food?

Lutefisk

Lutefisk is just a Scandinavian dish made of de-boned, salted, white fish that is dried and then soaked in lye. Amazingly, the process for making Lutefisk takes a couple of weeks involving drying, salting, soaking in water, soaking in lye (yes lye!), soaking in water again and finally cooking. The amazing part of this is that anyone thinks the finished product is worth all this trouble. The lye dissolves the protein and the resulting soup is then cooked and eaten. That is, if it hasn't been left in the lye too long. Then it turns to soap. Lutefisk is popular with Scandinavian populations in Winsconsin, Minnesota and British Columbia. Ummm...pass...


Kopi Luwak Coffee

The most expensive coffee in the world!

Kopi Luwak coffee - This gourmet coffee is processed with the help of a small animal, The Palm Civet, an Asian relative of the raccoon. In fact, Kopi Luwak coffee, also sometimes called Civet coffee, is the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world. You can try it yourself for only $400 a pound ($25/oz) through Amazon.com!) Oh, you're wondering where the palm civet comes into the picture? It turns out, the palm civet eats the cherries from coffee trees and excretes the seeds, the coffee beans. Somewhere between the eating and the pooping, the coffee beans turn into the expensive and much sought after gourmet coffee beans. The civet poop is collected, the coffee beans are dug out of it and it sold as the best and most expensive coffee in the world. You can judge for yourself for only $400 a pound ($25/oz) through Amazon.com!


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There you have it...Downright weird foods that people actually eat

Foods highlighted in this article have been deliberately selected from weird foods enjoyed in the U.S. If you are among those who enjoy some of the unusual dishes mentioned here, please don't take offense. We applaud your fortitude!

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Copyright ©2012 Stephanie Henkel

*Update: Friends and readers have pointed out that I've missed some important weird foods that are enjoyed in various parts of the U.S. Honorable mention goes to rattlesnake, turtle, crawfish, periwinkle, chicken feet, conch, snails...




Do you enjoy any strange or unusual foods in your family? Do you have regional or cultural specialties that others might find strange or weird? Please comment below!


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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      This is real interesting to know. But I would pass on all of these foods. I remember my grandfather joking about having pig's feet one time or another, like liver and onions. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

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      Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

      Thelma Alberts - I think Balut would be one of the things I don't even want to see, much less eat! I agree...I don't want to see people eating snakes, either!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Yikes! I mean to those food. I see you include Balut from my home country. Seeing those photo made me sick but it is very interesting to read. Nope, I don´t eat balut. I have seen photos of some of my friends in the Philippines eating snakes in facebook. I then hide that photo. Very disgusting to see. Thanks Stephanie for sharing this hub.

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      Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

      Jeannieinabottle - Hmmm...fried pickles? I've tried them, but I think they must be something that grows on you...can't say I'm there, yet. :)

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      Jeannie InABottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE fried pickles. There is a Maryland restaurant called The Green Turtle that makes the best fried pickles. I've noticed some other restaurants are starting to catch on as well, like Chili's. Thank goodness!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      teaches12345 - There are a few of these I've tried, but mostly, I'd pass, too. To each his/her own!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I'm okay with the fried pickles, yum! The others I will pass on to those who enjoy the weird eating. What a great post!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      To each his own, Josh! :)

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      Josh Makaveli 3 years ago from Sanfrancisco, CA

      ewwww.....most of the food here made me feel like vomiting. I wonder how people can even make these things

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Mary615 - No, I haven't heard mention of alligator meat, though it seems like a good use for them! Thanks for stopping in again, Mary!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Has anyone mentioned alligator meat? Native Floridians love it. Say it taste like chicken. Enjoyed reading this Hub again.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      jbshaban - Now peanut butter and pickle sandwiches are something new to me although my husband likes peanut better and cucumber. I think that many strange foods were eaten because frugal people wanted to avoid wasting food. Some, like head cheese, are an acquired taste! I'm sure your grandfather really did enjoy it. :)

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      jbshaban 4 years ago from California

      Peanut butter pickle sandwiches are great! My personal favorite is chicken noodle soup with peanut butter on pita croutons (sounds fancier than it is). My grandfather, a farmer who abhorred the thought of wasting food would often eat the "delicacies" such as head cheese and pickled pig's feet possibly more to get a rise out of us.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Ishwaryaa22 - I think each country and each different culture must have some foods that are unique and might be unappealing to those who have not acquired a taste for them. Hmm...goats blood curry ranks right up there! :) Thanks for reading and for your interesting comment!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub! I learnt a lot from this well-researched hub of yours.

      The pictures, particularly the fertilized duck egg are not appealing. Well-done!

      In my country, in some rural areas, people make curry, using goat's blood which is really revolting!

      Thanks for SHARING. Interesting. Voted up

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Mary615 - I agree about the fertilized egg - I definitely don't want to try it!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      teaches12345 - Haha...I'll take your "interesting!" Sorry this collection didn't whet your appetite! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      How awful! I am not hungry in the least after seeing these food items. I can't imagine people eating these, except for the twinkie (which is no longer available). I would like to say thanks but I will say "interesting" instead. Voted up!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I could probably eat any of these weird foods except the fertilized duck thing: NO WAY.

      These foods dont' look very appetizing, I'll tell you that!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      lemonkerdz - I can imagine that you see many foods in Peru's local markets that might be considered weird by non-natives. It must be a fun experience to go food shopping! Glad you enjoyed my article. Thanks for stopping in to comment!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Hyphenbird - Haha...you're the first person to comment who has developed a craving for on of the foods on this list! I love it! Thanks so much for commenting and making me smile!

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Funny how we look at some foods and say uhhh but we are compelled to keep looking even closer. Living in peru and shopping at the local market it is amazing to see what people do eat out of choice. many wierd things are eaten under the "healthy for you" title. interesting hub. thanks for the wierd pics.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I feel kind of nauseated but oddly hungry for a fried pickle. That other stuff-no way! All this makes me very happy to be a vegan!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Debby Bruck - Hahaha....Thanks for your lovely comments, Debby! Somehow, I think that your reaction is not unusual. :)

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      Steph - all I can say is YUCK! Gross! Your friend, Debby

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Popsock - Contemplating the many differences in culture and tastes does give one food for thought, doesn't it? Diversity is what makes life interesting!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      SidKemp - Gosh, you make it all sound so unappetizing! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Kris Heeter - I think you are pretty brave to try fried meal worms! I know that they might be common in other parts of the country, but I don't think I'm ready to try them! Thanks for sharing that!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Iguidenetwork - I might try the civit coffee, too, if someone else would buy it for me! :)

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      popsock 4 years ago

      Who knows, some people might find those foods tasty and completely normal. And they may find our food completely disgusting and revolting. The number of cultures on this planet is truly amazing :)

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

      Thanks for a fun read and a bunch of foods I won't eat. Maybe a whole meal - squirrel brains with bull testicles and fried pickle, with expensive crap coffee and fried Twinkies for dessert? No thanks!

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      Hmmm, next time I'm hungry and feel like I could eat everything in site, I should come back and visit your hub - that my curb my appetite:)

      The only weird thing I've eaten has been fried meal worms. While common in other parts of the world, they are not common here in the U.S. An entomologist prepared some for a science day for kids and I sampled them. They were actually not bad - I just tried not to think too much about what I was eating!

      Voted up and sharing:) A very fun hub!

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Very interesting... but I'll probably try the kopi luwak (if given the chance) :D

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      John Sarkis - I imagine that most of these foods wouldn't be found on any healthy diet list! Glad you found this an interesting read. Thanks so much for your comments!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Nell Rose - Now sausage and chips might be considered weird food by some. :) Glad you found this interesting enough to read to the end - I know that some of these foods might really make you lose your appetite!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Oh, come on, Sunshine! Fried Twinkies are probably one of the least weird foods that people eat!

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      John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wow...interesting and well written article. I don't think I could stomach some of these foods. And besides, I suffer from gout and some of these foods wouldn't be considered "gout friendly."

      Voted up

      John

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Stephanie, now I feel totally sick! lol! fascinating though isn't it? I think the worse thing I ever saw on tv was the korean dish live octopus! yes, live! I won't go into detail suffice to say it made me ill watching it! I think I will stick to sausage and chips! lol!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'll take a fried twinkie. Not! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Oceansider - Some would say that your son's creation of a peanut butter, bologna and ketchup sandwich fell into the "strange foods" category! To each his own... :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Jennzie - I think the deep friend Twinkie would be the easiest one to start with if you were going to try foods on this list! :)

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      oceansider 4 years ago

      I have to say that the balut sounded awful to me.....just can't imagine anyone eating anything like that, and all of the other foods sounded pretty bad as well.....and I always thought it was odd that my son, when he was a little boy, used to make peanut butter and bologna sandwiches with ketchup, but he said it was delicious.

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      The only thing I would be willing to try on here is the deep fried Twinkie.

      Voted this up and interesting!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      MoiraCrochets - Penoy sounds slightly better than the Balut. I'm sure that both are an acquired taste! Thanks for your comments!

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      I love that you included our very own Balut. They say it really is delicious, although I have not had the guts to eat it myself. I only tried it's not-so-yucky version Penoy. With Penoy, there's no chick inside yet.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      It's gone dinner time here already Stephanie but it's never too late for dessert..... :o)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Jools99 - Oh, you poor thing! and right at lunch time, too! Perhaps you'll erase all the bad images with a quick look at the Black Forest Cake hub?

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      I read your coffee hub and was sidling up to your other hubs for some cake or pie but I clicked on this one! Why?Why? Why? I feel quite unwell now :o) I'm off in search of 'normal' food, cake, pie....I'd even settle for zucchini :o)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Ptosis - Scrapple used to be a favorite food of my father-in-law, but I really didn't know all the ingredients...thanks a lot for letting me in on them...now I know I'll never try it again! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      coffeegginmyrice - I'd love for you to link your hub to mine. I'll have to pop over for a read later! Thanks for stopping in to comment and vote!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Just Ask Susan - Love your idea for marketing this as a weight loss hub! LOL Yes, there might be a few things here to make you lose your appetite!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      cclitgirl - I'm laughing out loud at your comments! Sorry this hub creeped you out so much, but it just had to be written! LOL

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Daisydayz - Okay, you are the first person I've ever heard say that haggis is yummy! :) Now, I may even try it someday if I have the opportunity. Deep fried MarsBars sound pretty good to me...I love anything sweet and gooey!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Man from Modesto - Uhhh...yes...the thought of eating uncooked bacon upsets my soul, too. Maybe the stomach a little bit, too!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Kai0224liu - I never heard of fried pickles until just a few years ago. Apparently, they are much more common in the south than in the northern states where we like our pickles right out of the jar!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      CassyLu1981 - It's interesting that food that sounds strange to some people, is perfectly o.k. to others who have been accustomed to it. The rocky mountain oysters may taste perfectly fine, but I definitely would not want to know what they were if I were given a plate full of them! Thanks for your votes and share!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      DeborahNeyens - Now, Deb, where's your sense of adventure? I think tripe is pretty weird, though I have to admit that I tried cooking it once because I was really into trying new things. It came out like a pot full of rubber band stew! Pretty awful!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      KDuBarry03 - Well, at several $400 dollars a pound, I guess I would try the Civit coffee if someone else were treating! I'd just try not to think about why it's called Civit coffee! LOL

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Alecia Murphy - Head cheese was a favorite food with my father and grandfather. I remember having it as a kid and neither loved it nor hated it. It was just another food to try...I guess I was adventurous even then! Now chitterlings - I don't know about that! Thanks for adding your comments here!

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      Man from Modesto 4 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      My Ukrainian wife loves meat prepared in aspic- jellied meat like the head cheese you listed. I cannot stomach it.

      They also eat "sala", a cold served, thick-cut smoked bacon. It actually tastes good... but the thought of eating uncooked bacon upsets the soul.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Wow some weird stuff there! Although there is nothing odd about haggis!! It is yummy, honest. These days it is made with a synthetic lining, like a sauage, filled with lots of minced beef (ok yes the random left over bits) spices and barley.

      The worst thing for me has to be the furtalised duck egg, that image genuinely made me feel sick, and I am pretty adventerous with my food!

      Oh and deep fried twinkies! Yum! The scottish deep fry marsbars in the same way, they are awesome!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My step mother used to make head cheese all the time for my dad. I never did try it and probably never will. I've had deep fried pickles and they're great! I was thinking about having lunch but I sorta lost my appetite after reading your hub. You should market this as a weight loss diet type hub :)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I have a hub about the Stinky Tofu (I had just experienced last weekend) and a list of strange food across the world as well. I wish to link your hub to my story. And this is a wonderful compilation you got here. I can't stare at the Balut (Philippines), and you'll find out why in my hub too.

      Men and women need guts to say, "ummm, that was interestingly tasteful!" Voted. Cheers, Stephanie!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Interesting...ug ug ug ug...I'm glad I stick with mostly plant foods. I do eat a bit of meat - a bit of bacon or chicken - but I've long since thought that if I wouldn't kill it myself, I shouldn't eat it. With the exception of the chicken and pork (and then only on occasion) I try to abide by that rule. That being said, my face is still contorted in a horrific grimace as I type this...fantastic hub and effective writing...and my skin is crawling. Ug ug ug ug.

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      ptosis 4 years ago from Arizona

      Current social engineering planning is sustainable food of the future is mini-livestock which is grubs and bugs.

      But what I love to eat is Filipino Pork Dinuguan Recipe (Pork Blood Stew), mmmmmmm, looks like melted chocolate.

      Other favorite in the freezer section is Scrapple, a savory blend of grits, Snouts, Tails, Hooves, Hearts, Lips, Ears, Assholes, Eyeballs, Livers, Spleans & Tongues.

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      kaikai 4 years ago from TX

      Fried pickles is strangle for you? I saw is a common starter in TX. Kai

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      CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Very interesting read! One that I had never heard of and will most likely never try is deep fried butter. When I was growing up it was always pickled pigs feet and the rocky mountain oysters. I must say, the oysters weren't too bad if you didn't know what they were LOL Voted up and shared :)

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I shouldn't have read this before breakfast! I've had (and enjoyed) fried pickles, but don't think any of this other stuff will ever cross my lips. The weirdest food I've ever tried is tripe.

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      I love coffee and, just like the Pokemon series, I'm on a mission to taste and drink every single type of coffee out there...even if it's from the help of our furry friends, LOL!

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      This was definitely a hub that I can relate to. My family is southern and there's no shortage of strange foods. When my mom was growing up, her grandmother would make head cheese and leave it in the fridge on a plate. Unfortunately she forgot to warn everyone and my mom opened it and freaked out. She never ate any of it and I can't blame her.

      Another thing our family eats (except me and most of the younger generation) is chitterlings. The smell alone haunts me but when I found it was pig intestines, I definitely didn't want to try it.

      Interesting hub and a nice read!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Rajan Jolly - Certainly some of these strange foods have to be an acquired taste! :) Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub, Rajan!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Stephanie, I'm glad I was able to read through to the end, that's about as far I can go with this stuff.

      Anyway, a very interesting hub and I applaud you for taking on a unique topic and doing full justice to it.

      Voted up.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      AudreyHowitt - Aw, come on, Audrey! Head cheese is one of the tamer foods on this list!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Came back for another read--and nope--head cheese still doesn't make it onto my list!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      DanaTeresa - Wow, I'm impressed! I'm somewhat adventurous, but I can't say I'd try anything! Enjoyed you comments very much - thanks for stopping by to read and share!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      I love learning about strange foods. These are some great ones! Fried pickles are really good. I haven't heard of some of these. Very interesting. I had NO idea you could eat corn smut. I am always amazed at how intricate and time consuming the preparation of some of these foods is.

      I will try anything once. I have to say the most awful thing I have ever eaten was flying fish roe. It was slimy and had a very strong after taste. I still ate the whole thing. I am adventurous like that :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Jenubouka - It is amazing, isn't it? I think some of the weird foods eaten around the world are even more unbelievable than the ones I mentioned. Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed my article!

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      I once did a Google "journey" on this topic and I had to scrape my jaw off the floor on some of the weird foods others like to eat. Great hub!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Girlgonestrong - Hahaha...I don't think you are the only once to hold that opinion...

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      girlgonestrong 5 years ago from Plymouth, MI

      The head cheese I can handle as it's super-nutritious for you....the hard boiled baby duck....that's just effin nasty.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Silverstarrow - Well, I'm glad you read my hub even if you don't want to sample the delicacies mentioned! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      silverstararrow 5 years ago from India

      Ugh! The duck embryo and the head cheese turned my stomach. Not gonna try any of these delicacies.

      Hilarious hub though. Good research too!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Bravewarrior - Your peanut butter, jelly and bologna sandwich doesn't entice me, I'm afraid, but my husband would probably like it! I'll have to mention it to him. :) I'm so glad that Billybuc directed you over here. Thanks for dropping in to read and comment!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      My dad, being of Polish descent and from Philly, ate souse. I've never eaten it because it looks gross, although I've eaten Philly's version of Spam (for the life of me I can't think of what it's called!), which is a better disguised version of the crap parts of an animal you normally wouldn't eat!

      Years ago, a friend turned me on to a sandwich she made up. It sounds, weird, but you've got to try it: peanut butter and jelly with lebanon bologna in between. Yummo!, as Rachel Rae says....

      BTW, billybuc sent me!!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Gail,

      Thanks for hopping over from Billybuc's hub to read my article on strange foods that people eat. Sorry my hub made you gag. :( Well, not really!

      The most surprising thing about the Kopi Luwak civit coffee is not that people actually drink it (ewww...), but the price they are willing to pay for it! But I suppose the "processing" is expensive.

      Thanks for coming by to read and comment and for your vote! Glad it gave you a smile!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Came here after reading Billybuc's hub about some of his favorite hubbers which included a link here. Don't know how I missed this, but am glad I'm here today.

      The foods included here had me laughing and sometimes gagging! But the coffee one at the end was best!

      Voted up across the board! Loved this entertaining hub.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi AudreyHowitt - REally? Wouldn't you like a little head cheese on rye? :) It is amazing what some persistent delving will turn up! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my hub!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Wow--I don't think I will be trying any of these anytime soon~ Where in the world did you find this info--Yikes!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      iamaudraleigh - Glad to hear that you got a laugh out of this hub on strange foods that people eat! Yes, my family has some quirky food preferences, but I still can't get them to eat head cheese! :) Thanks for your comments and the read!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Wow, your home and family like to eat some far out weird stuff...lol!

      The mustard sandwich sounds good actually. I like cucumbers on mine :)

      Balut, hmmmmm

      Voted up your unique hub!!! Made me laugh!

      I used to work in a deli...no way will I ever eat head cheese...ick...lol!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Cyoung35 - Thanks for stopping by to read my hub on strange foods, even though I couldn't entice you to try most of them! It is interesting to hear reactions to the more unusual foods that people enjoy!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Truthfornow - Fried pickles do seem to be gaining popularity. I had never heard of them until a couple of years ago, and now they do appear on menus occasionally. Or perhaps they're more popular in the South? Glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for the read!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Chamilj - Thanks for visiting my hub on strange foods. I don't blame you for giving them a pass! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      DizyMsLizzy - Hahaha...sorry for grossing you out, MsLizzy! But thanks so much for reading! How about some good old apple pie!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      BlissfulWriter - I actually tried to make deep fried Twinkies once for my grandchildren...they are definitely not health food! I might try huitlacoche if someone gave it to me already cooked as part of a prepared dish, but definitely not if I saw the corn it grows on! My appetite is too conected to visual appeal!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Victoria Lynn - Cold pinto bean and mayo? and you think my family's food preferences are strange? hahaha! Thanks for sharing your unusual food preferences...I guess it's better than Rocky Mountain Oysers! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Barbergirl28 - I've never tried conch fritters, though I've heard that they are good. It sounds like you are pretty adventurous when trying new foods! Thanks for stopping by to comment and offer your culinary suggestions! :)

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      Chad Young 5 years ago from Corona, CA

      Love Deep fried pickles but I tried deep fried twinkies in Santa Cruz and it wasn't what I thought it would be. The center cream was all melted and made the twinki soggy on the inside...wasn't my favorite. As far as the other stuff in this hub, I don't think I could stomache most of it but what a great hub to get people talking.

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I love fried pickles. But, they are not very good for you. Definitely not interested in trying all those dishes made from animal insides. A very fun read.

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      chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Interesting hub but will not try most of those. Thanks for sharing!