ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The 10 Strangest Things I Ever Ate

Updated on August 28, 2011

The Ten Strangest Things I've Ever Ate

While brainstorming and watching the travel channel, my roommate and I were chatting about what we would or wouldn't eat based on what was on television. Still beating cobra heart? Sounds great - especially to me since I hate snakes and vengeful feelings would add to the joy of that one. Fried scorpions, why not? Rare fugu? Just give me the "I won't sue if I die," release form and start cutting blowfish! There are a lot of weird and interesting foods out there, and a lot of them that hopefully I'll get to try in the future. This will be especially easier to find a list in the future, seeing as how when I first wrote this hub, Andrew Zimmerman's "Bizzare Foods" either wasn't on TV or I wasn't aware of it at all. Good stuff...except for that nasty looking fruit.

Mmmm, Mmmm inky good!

Raw octopus - I wonder if it tastes like squid
Raw octopus - I wonder if it tastes like squid

How Do Fried Arachnids Sound?

So More on the Strange Food Conversation

Between me and my roommate, there wasn't much we wouldn't try, and I am the guy who not only desperately wants to visit the land of my ancestors, Scotland, but I'm actually excited to order and eat Haggis. I love to travel and try new food, but I'm still a youngin' and as far as weird food, just haven't hit a wide variety yet. That said, I don't think I have a bad top ten list for someone who has only been to the United States and Mexico, and Alaska if you count that as another country (because it really kind of is...)

But following in the next section is my current list of the ten "strangest" foods I've ever tried so far, and a little note on each, as best as I can remember each experience.

The 10 Strangest Foods I've Ever Ate


#10 Moose Bone Soup. This was one of my favorite meals from my Yupik friends when I lived in the interior of Alaska. Some moose meat, bones boiled for flavors, some grain rice and you have a one of a kind soup that is fantastic...and not nearly as scary as a lot of the other things on the list.

#9 Seaweed. This, like three other of the foods on this list, came from a dinner I had with a Korean friend when I was going to school in Alaska. Sheets of green seaweed, you crumple it up and add it to the rice with broiled butterfly cocoons. Good stuff mixed.

#8 Kim Chee. This might be a traditional Korean dish, but any soup/stew made from rotted vegetables stored in an earthen pot underground qualifies on my list of odd foods. I have to say, though, that this is actually the only food on this list that I didn't care for at all. Sorry, Korea, it's nothing personal, and yep, this is also from the Alaska meal.

#7 Escargo. Who knew snails could taste so good? This was also from the Alaska meal, and I was actually a very big fan. I can see why this would be a popular snack, and I would jump at the chance to eat more.

#6 Chocolate Covered Grasshoppers. I know chocolate covered ants are more common (and I've tried those as well), but that's kind of the point. Since the grasshoppers are more uncommon, they make the list over the ants. I remember trying chocolate covered ants when I was just a kid, I ate the grasshoppers when I was either a sophomore or junior in Coe College. They are very tasty snacks, and I would recommend them.

#5 Worms. I ate 'em raw. They're very earthy, probably because worms have one very long intestine full of dirt. Then again, when you're on the third day of a wilderness survival program without eating, that group of night crawlers looks mighty fine. Worms definitely taste better than a lot of the other bugs out there.

#4 Raw Squid. My dad told a story about doing business in Japan and having to eat raw octopus out of respect. He didn't like it as much as I liked raw squid. The taste is good, but chewing can be rough on the fresher stuff. The suckers like to stick, so getting it down is half the challenge, but I kind of liked the stuff - though admittedly the deep fat friend calamari is even higher on my list.

#3 Fried Sheep Testicles. Good old Iowa! Someone offers you some food and says they're chicken nuggets, and then everyone stares. I figured they were fried testicles of some kind, and in all honesty fried sheep testicles don't taste bad at all. I actually had seconds and thirds at the family picnic.

#2 Fish Eyeballs. As a high school student I went to Mexico with the Spanish club in the summer of 1997. On Isla Mujeres, a destination that seems to enchant every person who ever visits, we were given for a meal the freshest fish ever, fried skin and all right out of the sea. On a dare I ate a fish eyeball. It wasn't nearly as gross as you'd think, though it certainly isn't an everyday thing.

#1 Butterfly Cocoons. The coup de tat of the great Korean dinner in Alaska, these were broiled and mixed with rice and seaweed, and made for a fantastic combination. I enjoyed eating the butterfly cocoons (don't worry, there weren't any butterflies inside...I don't think), and it was a fantastic food that still gets you the full "You ate what?" horrified stares. So a great meal all the way around.

So what's next? Who knows, but I am surprised I haven't had armadillo or alligator yet, but it seems like I'm in the right area, so we'll see what's next!

Add to the Strange Foods List!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Jerry G2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jerry G2 

      8 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Hi Betty,

      LOL - this is why I love comments. A ton of my friends love Kim Chee...and it's the only thing I've ever eaten that I absolutely can't even stand the sight or smell of anymore. Personally numbers 1,3,&7 are probably my three personal favorites out of this list. But what is delicious to one person is really unappealing to another. Thanks for the comment!

    • Betty Reid profile image

      Betty Reid 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Gross! #8 even tastes good, but you made it sound gross anyway!

    • profile image

      Daya H 

      9 years ago

      I notice that at the bottom of the article, you wrote that you hadn't tried alligator yet. I have and would recommend it. Although some pieces are hard to chew, it is very good with a uniquely distinct flavor.

      And another good food is Crawdads, where you suck the brains out with a straw. Although I have never personally eaten it, some of my family has and reccomend it!

    • Jerry G2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jerry G2 

      10 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Andrew Zimmerman, that is a great show! I always watch him and Bourdain, but I just had one of those moments where I couldn't remember Zimmerman's name or his show's name. Good call! I have had fried clams and oysters, and raw oysters but not raw clams. Thanks for commenting and adding to the strange foods lists!

    • Wanderlust profile image


      10 years ago from New York City

      Ate, ate and ate almost everything on your list, except worms, grasshoppers and butterflies - somehow insects do not look appealing to me. But I've been to the party where only insects were served. Escargot is my favorite dish together with raw oysters and clams. Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern is one of my favorite show, the guy is hilarious! Great hub!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)