There’s a lot of unusual food in this world – sort of. Nothing is unusual for people of the culture to which the regime belongs. Instead, it just seems weird, weird, and even gross to people from another culture. There are western dishes that seem exotic to people from other countries too. All over the world, cuisines vary enormously, and sometimes the local cuisine can be very difficult for the tourist.
Some traditional foods may be much more palatable to an American tourist – such as traditional Finnish food. But the only way to really see and experience the food people eat around the world is to travel. Often, foreign restaurants in their own country change the food according to the local people, or they can’t get the traditional ingredients they really need.
Historically, regimes were much more deferential around the world –
It should be noted that in the past, diets were very different. Before agriculture, people ate everything edible – monkeys, various grasses, wild mushrooms, small birds, lizards – anything. But agriculture changed everything and now most of the world only eats five main types of meat (excluding seafood), beef (except in India), pork (except in Islam and Judaism), mutton (not so popular in the US), goat and chicken – chicken is eaten pretty much everywhere.
In the past, vegetables and grains were restricted to certain regions (for example, corn, tomatoes, chili peppers and potatoes were only available in the Americas). But today, all major stables can be found in just about any diet (wheat, rice, potatoes, corn, etc.) while tropical fruits like bananas can be found in climates the coldest.
In short, what is remarkable is how similar the diets of the world are – for example, you can find onions, fries, tomatoes and chicken everywhere.
There is still a lot of diversity in the world
However, many diets around the world still seem very exotic and strange to people today. Today Western countries are generally quite selective about what they think should be eaten. People with this mentality may find places like Southeast Asia a little confronting what they see in the market or selling in the market. Unfortunately, it’s also true that there are places where people eat dogs and other animals that are considered pets or overly cute in the West. These practices (like eating dogs) are often illegal and subject to huge fines when caught.
Unfortunately, sometimes there are beliefs that lead to practices that can have a serious negative impact on populations and risk driving certain species to extinction. Examples include the supposed health effects of rhino horns and pangolins. Conservation efforts attempt to protect these endangered species.
Examples of Weird Foods Around the World
- Horse: An essential part of the national diets of Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
- Hagis: A stuffed mutton stomach which is a national dish of Scotland
- Snails: Consumed in many countries around the world, including France, Canada and Morocco
- Frogs: The French love frog legs, while whole frogs are eaten in Vietnam
- Sheep intestine: Is it common to have a turkey mutton intestine sandwich (cooked like a kebab)
- Crocodile: Crocodile can be found on the menu in many countries – such as in Kenya
- Huhu Grub: A large wood-eating larva of a beetle once considered a delicacy by New Zealand Maori
- Scorpio: Eaten in parts of Asia such as China
- Chicken feet: Eat often in some Asian countries like China and Vietnam
- penis fish: Scientifically Scientifically Urechis Unicinctus: Often Eaten Raw In Korea With Sesame Oil Or Gochujang, In China They Are Sautéed With Vegetables
Entomophagy aka insect eating
Many ecologists recommend eating insects (scientifically called entomophagy). Eating insects has been common throughout human history and in many cultures. But today, especially in Western countries, eating insects is generally considered taboo or “disgusting”.
But they are very nutritious and delicious (according to individual taste). Around 3,000 ethnic groups eat insects worldwide and are common in at least some way in most parts of the world. The practice is (or was) common to many groups in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
- Edible insects: About 1,900 edible insects
- Standard: Historically, it was normal to eat at least some insects in much of the world
- Botok Tawan: Indonesian spicy bee larvae steamed in banana leaves
- Casu Marzu: A traditional Sardinian sheep’s milk cheese that contains insect larvae
- Crickets: Eaten dried in some countries
- grasshoppers: It is common to see fried grasshoppers, bee larvae, silkworms and more in traditional Thai markets
- Kuga Cake: Made of densely packed flies in East Africa
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