There are some real gross foods out there. And most, you’ll find at the local supermarket.
Like greasy bacon, trans-fat packed cookies with a 10 year shelf-life and chemically engineered diet sodas. But, it could be worse, a lot worse!
So, the next time you’re mad at your stomach and want to teach it lesson. Give it a hearty helping of cow entrails with a side of maggot cheese and then, wash it down with a hot steaming cup of poop coffee. Seriously!
Somewhere lurking in a Beijing night market is the scorpion kebab. This treacherous snack is crisp on the outside and smooth in the middle and as this street vendor says, “Healthy, delicious!”
Now, despite their menacing appearance, most scorpions are timid. Even their stinger is usually harmless to humans. But it’d still be awful to get it caught in your teeth. Eek!
It’s hard to imagine a fruit, which smells like a rotting corpse, is considered as the king of all fruits. Durian fruit, native to Southeast Asia, has actually been banned in some hotels and public transportation because its reeks.
However, inside its thick thorny husk is a yellowish custard-like flesh that tastes a lot like almonds. Yeah, rotting flesh almonds.
Casu Marzu Cheese
Maggots in your food is bad! But not if you’re eating Casu Marzu, sheep’s milk cheese infested with insect larva. Found mainly in Sardinia, Italy, some say it tastes like soap. You eat it by smearing it on bread, maggots and all.
Casu Marzu, also called maggot cheese, has been outlawed, because it becomes toxic when all the maggots die off. Now it’s sold on the black market.
It looks like a dingy dish towel and smells like stale urine. So, let’s eat it! Tripe is a type of offal, the entrails and organs of butchered animals. Very popular in Italy, beef tripe is made from the first three chambers of a cow’s stomach.
And here’s the kicker. Typically, tripe, guts and other undesirables are used to make dog food, not people food. The stink means it’s unfit for human consumption.
Kopi Luwak Coffee
Kopi Luwak or civet coffee is made by brewing the undigested coffee beans in the crap of the Asian Palm Civet, a weasel-like mammal. The civet’s stomach enzymes break down proteins in the beans giving the coffee a less bitter taste.
And even though the coffee is made from feces-beans, a single cup of Kopi Luwak can cost as much as $50. Now, if you’ll excuse me. I have to go vomit. Bleh!