Top 10 Weirdest Delicacies
Casu Marzu is a cheese found in Sardinia and Italy. The fermentation is brought about by the digestive action of the larvae of the cheese fly Piophila casei. These larvae are introduced to the cheese for breaking down of the cheese's fats. The cheese becomes very soft with some liquid called lagrima, from the Sardinian for "tears". Casu Marzu causes some hazardous risks, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and bloody diarrhea.
Monkey's Brain is a controversial delicacy. It is believed that eating the monkeys' brain can cure impotence. Those who dare to eat monkey brains run risks of contracting fatal transmissible spongiform encephalopathies such as Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other similar brain diseases. Some people claim that monkeys’ brains are, or were, eaten from the head of a live monkey. The hair around the head is shaven with a shaving razor. The top part of the skull is removed. A teaspoon is used to scoop up the brain, which is immediately eaten. This has to be done before the monkey dies.
Lutefisk is a traditional dish of the Nordic countries made from air-dried whitefish prepared with lye. First, the stockfish is to soaked in cold water for five days, then in an unchanged solution of cold water and lye two days more. The attains larger size than in its original state, while its protein content decreases by more than 50 percent, producing its famous jelly-like consistency.
Kopi Luwak is coffee made from coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet. Once picked from civet droppings on the jungle floor, the beans are scrubbed clean. According to Marcone, the beans are chemically altered by the acids in the civet's stomach, resulting in an earthy, chocolate flavored coffee. Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world, selling for between $120 and $600 USD per pound, and is sold mainly in Japan and United States,
Balut is a fertilized duck egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside. It is boiled alive and eaten in the shell. Balut is believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein delicacy.
Bee Larvae is eaten in China and Japan. It became popular years ago when country people, deprived of fish and meats, turned to other wildlife in search of protein. The larvae are cooked in soy sauce and sugar and taste mildly sweet with a crumbly texture.
Fried Spider is a regional delicacy in Cambodia. The spiders are bred in holes in the ground in villages, and fried in oil. The taste is mostly described as bland, with a textural contrast between a crispy exterior and soft centre. The legs contain little flesh, while the head and body have "a delicate white meat inside". The abdomen many find not as pleasant. Some call it a delicacy while others recommend not eating it.
Animal Penises are commonly eaten in many Oriental nations. The penis is generally cooked by steaming or deep frying, and can also be eaten raw. There are specialized restaurants in penis delicacies. Some penises are served raw, like sushi, others can be cooked. You can serve dog clammy testicles and penis, which is gray and shiny. Dog penis is low in cholesterol and is considered to be quite efficient in boosting the male sex drive, but also for treating all sorts of conditions. Giant salami-shaped donkey penises are considered good for the skin. The double penis of the snakes is considered to increase potency. Sliced and pickled ox penis, which has bland and with a rubbery texture, is considered a general energizer.
Cuy Bien is a major part of the diet in Peru and Bolivia. Guinea pig meat is high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol, and is described as being similar to rabbit and the dark meat of chicken. It may be served fried, broiled, or roasted , and in urban restaurants may also be served in a casserole or a fricassee.
Snake Blood is believed by Chinese to raise the libido. You can drink it at fast-foods, and they deliver it in only seconds. The snake curls and whips its body in agony as the handler slits open its chest and rips out a heart that continues working for several minutes. Then its body is stretched vertically and clamped at each end as droplets of red blood fall into a plastic jug half-filled with water.