BIZARRE FOODS AROUND THE WORLD: EXTREME FOODS PEOPLE EAT FROM AROUND THE WORLD

The Most Extreme Foods People Eat Around The World [PICTURES]

Liz O’Connor  BusinessInsider Jul. 7, 2013
 
Slaughtered dogs are prepared for sale in Duong Noi, a small village in Vietnam. Dog meat is a common dish in many Eastern Asian nations.

REUTERS/Kham Slaughtered dogs in Vietnam

From fresh, crunchy locusts to eggs hard-boiled in urine, cultural ideas about what constitutes a delicacy vary drastically by region. But the world is getting smaller, and ideas about what’s acceptable to eat are changing. The U.N. recently told people to suck it up and learn to eat bugs, which are filled with protein and fiber.

And in the wake of the January’s horse meat scandal in the U.K., many people wondered aloud: Why don’t we eat horses when we eat cows and other similar mammals?

We found 18 amazing pictures of some of the most extreme cuisines from around the world, and it turns out that people living in Western nations are pretty picky when it comes to what they will and won’t put on their plates.

Be warned: Some photos are not for the faint of heart (or stomach).

A woman drops a skinned frog into a blender in Peru. Some Peruvians believe that frog juice or “extracto de rana” can be a powerful aphrodisiac.

A woman drops a skinned frog into a blender in Peru. Some Peruvians believe that frog juice or "extracto de rana" can be a powerful aphrodisiac.

REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Source: Reuters

A butcher in Bolivia slices into a boiled sheep’s head. Sheep’s head soup is a popular dish in Bolivia.

A butcher in Bolivia slices into a boiled sheep's head. Sheep's head soup is a popular dish in Bolivia.

REUTERS/David Mercado

Source: Reuters

A worker cuts up a roasted cat in the back room of a restaurant in the Ivory Coast. Cat meat is a traditional food in much of Africa and Asia.

A worker cuts up a roasted cat in the back room of a restaurant in the Ivory Coast. Cat meat is a traditional food in much of Africa and Asia.

REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

Source: Reuters

Turtle meat is sold at a market in a Nicaraguan port town. The going rate in Nicaragua? About $1.10 per pound.

Turtle meat is sold at a market in a Nicaraguan port town. The going rate in Nicaragua? About $1.10 per pound.

REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Source: Reuters

A restaurant in Yogyakarta, Indonesia features a burger made of cobra meat. About 1,000 cobras are caught in Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java provinces each week and are sold for their meat for around to $1.15 each.

A restaurant in Yogyakarta, Indonesia features a burger made of cobra meat. About 1,000 cobras are caught in Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java provinces each week and are sold for their meat for around to $1.15 each.

REUTERS/Dwi Oblo

Source: Reuters

A woman in Al Jazeera, Sudan prepares a dish with camel liver. Between 1996 and 2002, Sudan was estimated to have produced between 72,000 and 81,000 tons of camel meat each year.

A woman in Al Jazeera, Sudan prepares a dish with camel liver. Between 1996 and 2002, Sudan was estimated to have produced between 72,000 and 81,000 tons of camel meat each year.

REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Source: Reuters

Slaughtered dogs are prepared for sale in Duong Noi, a small village in Vietnam. Dog meat is a common dish in many Eastern Asian nations.

Slaughtered dogs are prepared for sale in Duong Noi, a small village in Vietnam. Dog meat is a common dish in many Eastern Asian nations.

REUTERS/Kham

Source: Reuters

In Canh Nau, Vietnam, rats were once eaten as a last resort in cases of extreme hunger, but they’re now eaten as part of a special dish prepared at the end of each lunar calendar.

In Canh Nau, Vietnam, rats were once eaten as a last resort in cases of extreme hunger, but they're now eaten as part of a special dish prepared at the end of each lunar calendar.

REUTERS/Kham

Source: Reuters

A woman prepares a guinea pig for cooking in Langui, Peru. Guinea pigs are a delicacy in many parts of South America.

A woman prepares a guinea pig for cooking in Langui, Peru. Guinea pigs are a delicacy in many parts of South America.

REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Source: Reuters

Snake meat is seen as part of a soup dish in China, where snake meat is a traditional part of many regional cuisines and is believed to be good for the health.

Snake meat is seen as part of a soup dish in China, where snake meat is a traditional part of many regional cuisines and is believed to be good for the health.

REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Source: Reuters

In Taiwan, cobra eggs and embryos (pictured here at a snake farm in Southern Taiwan) are eaten for good health.

In Taiwan, cobra eggs and embryos (pictured here at a snake farm in Southern Taiwan) are eaten for good health.

REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Source: Reuters

A Chinese woman eats from an ox and dog penis dish at a penis restaurant in Beijing that serves over 30 types of animal penises in traditional hotpot style. In China, many animal penises are thought to have medicinal properties.

A Chinese woman eats from an ox and dog penis dish at a penis restaurant in Beijing that serves over 30 types of animal penises in traditional hotpot style. In China, many animal penises are thought to have medicinal properties.

REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Source: Reuters

Lemurs are sold to restaurants in Madagascar as “luxury bush meat.” Many endangered species of lemurs unique to Madagascar are being killed illegally by poachers, largely due to a lack of security on the island after a recent coup.

Lemurs are sold to restaurants in Madagascar as "luxury bush meat." Many endangered species of lemurs unique to Madagascar are being killed illegally by poachers, largely due to a lack of security on the island after a recent coup.

REUTERS/Joel Narivony

Source: Reuters

Hard-boiled eggs cooked in boys’ urine are a springtime snack in Dongyang, Zhejiang province in China.

Hard-boiled eggs cooked in boys' urine are a springtime snack in Dongyang, Zhejiang province in China.

REUTERS/Aly Song

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In Kampong Cham province, Cambodia, a vendor sells deep-friend spiders to customers at a bus station. $2.00 will get you 10 crunchy spiders seasoned with garlic.

In Kampong Cham province, Cambodia, a vendor sells deep-friend spiders to customers at a bus station. $2.00 will get you 10 crunchy spiders seasoned with garlic.

REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea

Source: Reuters

In Lahore, Pakistan, men line up for Siri Paya, a traditional breakfast dish made of goat heads and feet.

In Lahore, Pakistan, men line up for Siri Paya, a traditional breakfast dish made of goat heads and feet.

REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Source: Reuters

A typical sauce made with particularly large ants called “Culonas” is seen here at a restaurant in Barichara, Colombia.

A typical sauce made with particularly large ants called "Culonas" is seen here at a restaurant in Barichara, Colombia.

REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez

Source: Reuters

A Saudi Arabian man crunches on the hands of an Uromastyx lizard, an animal whose blood is believed to treat diseases and strengthen the body. Also known as “dabb lizards”, these small reptiles are often caught by hooks or sniffer dogs and are enjoyed as a delicacy in many parts of the Middle East.

A Saudi Arabian man crunches on the hands of an Uromastyx lizard, an animal whose blood is believed to treat diseases and strengthen the body. Also known as "dabb lizards", these small reptiles are often caught by hooks or sniffer dogs and are enjoyed as a delicacy in many parts of the Middle East.

REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

Source: Reuters

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3 thoughts on “BIZARRE FOODS AROUND THE WORLD: EXTREME FOODS PEOPLE EAT FROM AROUND THE WORLD

  1. Dog, is not too good; Snake (rattler I ate) had a fishy after taste (maybe that’s why the Cajuns eat it with plenty of beer to cut the taste); Goat heads are nice. Rodents in general, have a somewhat chicken-like texture, as does rabbit. Visceral organs, tend to be more interesting that the outer carcass. Bugs, tend to give me the runs. Horsemeat, is delicious, tastes like Italian cold cut meat Mortadella. Bull meat is hot dogs and much of fast food burgers, very nice, no fat.

    • Ha ha ha…Looks like you’ve been very adventurous with your food. I love watching Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Food but most of the foods kinda hard to stomach I should say. I think extreme foods are for the brave and for the adventurous.

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