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    Strange foods from around the world

    What is a delicacy in one place can be revolting to others.
    Before we all end up eating only American fast food it may be time to look at what people eat in various places around the world.

    Starting with Norway:
    (Already posted elsewhere)

    Followed by Italy:

    Every place has something to offer in this category. What about yours??

    Apparently what is allowed and what is not allowed to eat is also different in different countries:

    Whale meat is no different from other meats and hunting them is no more immoral than hunting Elk or Deere etc, as long as it is done in a sustainable and "humane" way.

    What is the problem? Was the meat contaminated, or otherwise dangerous to eat? As far as I can see that was not the case.
    Maybe that the meat had not been declared at Customs could be an offence under EU rules, although the open market should accept that controlled meat from a country associated with EU is allowed into any country within EU.

    Minke Whales are not on any endangered species list and the Norwegian catch is well within what is sustainable. Maybe somebody should point out that there isn't only one species of whales, but many, and not all are in need of protection. In fact some culling is necessary to maintain a healthy stock.

    Is there really a "humane" way of killing an animal, whether by hunting, or in a slaughter house??
    Slaughtering animals for food is a gristly business and most peoples would have problems watching the process in real life.
    Maybe we should all become vegetarians?? (But then somebody will probably claim that "plants have feeling too")

    Sorry, off topic already.


      Originally posted by ombugge View Post
      Apparently what is allowed and what is not allowed to eat is also different in different countries....
      Making the news here - very British items banned in Canada:

      It's an interesting list - personally I think Irn Bru, a very bright-orange coloured soft drink hugely popular in Scotland, looks too revolting to even think of taking a sip, but then I've never fancied cola-type drinks either. On the other hand, my parents throughout my childhood insisted on the consumption of the glucose drink Lucozade. This glucose type fizzy drink was considered a source of energy for the sickly, and I still remember the slogan "Lucozade aids recovery". That was in the days before the "sports drinks" concept, and now I suppose anything with sugar is falling out of favour in the age of obesity.

      But I was a sickly child and my mother always spoke of me needing things to "build me up". Cream from the top of the milk was decanted and reserved for my consumption (maybe some of you are old enough to remember when milk looked like that!!!!) Marmite would surely have been included were it not for her disliking the taste after being made to eat it throughout a difficult pregnancy. It was later something of a family joke that I must have been born already full of the stuff. Generally it is said to be something folk love or hate and are never indifferent about.

      Well, D started drinking Bovril last year as per the hospital dietician’'s suggestions for his condition!


        Oh, I went through a phase of hankering after Lucozade - just loved it. Yet now I don't like anything fizzy, no, not even champagne - and I've had the best, considering the company, believe me. We seem to have had mothers with the same idea, Cecilia. Although mine never actually considerd me sickly - photos show me as a fairly bonny youngster and the very restricted wartime diet has in later years been pronounced as a healthy one despite the lack of good red meat due to the merchant ship losses. But she always said I was a bit anaemic. So, guess what! She decided to dose me on Wincarnis, of all things, though only a spoonful now and again. For the uninitiated, that is a fortified red wine to "build you up." Now that "medication" I quickly took to! It was amazing, really, for my mother was herself always completely tee-total.
        Marmite? Yes, but I was sometimes given Bovril sandwiches, which I liked. Nowadays I much prefer Vegemite, the Australian spread, having acquired a taste for it while camping in the outback with John and his wife. Luckily it is available here, though perhaps it is not to everyone's taste.
        Ombugge says
        Maybe we should all become vegetarians?? (But then somebody will probably claim that "plants have feeling too")
        Do you mean I should apologise to my carrot before I place it in the steamer?

        "To thine own self be true.......
        Thou canst not then be false to any man."


        • nari
          nari commented
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          Pleased to read your guarded liking for Vegemite, Ivy. It's far,far better than Marmite..(sorry, Brits!)
          But the ultimate is Vegemite with a strong cheese and tons of butter.....on a roll.


        • wherrygirl
          wherrygirl commented
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          Nothing guarded about my enjoying Vegemite, Nari - and I'm a Brit.! And with a good slice of vintage Cheddar, yes - oh boy!

        No strange at all but very yummy, a buffet of sweets in Dubaï.


          I know this is a food-based thread, but I thought I would see if anyone has tasted yerba mate.

          It is a South American herb drink, made from the ilex (holly) bush, the leaves are infused in a special silver cup with a delicate pewter spoon to aid infusion.
          On a bus in Argentina, our tour guide offered us some of his, everyone refused but I took the mug, tasted it several times, and told him yes, it would be good for my horse.
          Very strong and pungent, probably an acquired taste.
          He was still laughing five minutes later.


            I got a taste for it when moving an Argentinian owned and operated Jackup Rig on a regular basis from 1982 - 1985.
            When the Marine Manager, Capt. Pepe Salas, found out that I liked it he gave me a packet of top quality Yerba Mate Tea to take home.

            In return I brought him back Gammalost, which he had got a taste for when visiting Norway to learn about Norwegian Offshore technology, management and regulations.

            Here is some information on the benefits of Yerba Mate Tea:
            It is available here in Singapore.


            • nari
              nari commented
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              thanks, ombugge. It is also available in Oz at certain stores. But I don't know Gammalost.
              I got a taste for Aquavit from the Lofoten!

            • wherrygirl
              wherrygirl commented
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              I used to quite like mate tea, and for a while some years ago drank it regularly. But in the end I went back to my usual "brown" tea. The brew you sampled must have been infused for quite a while, Nari! Any tea would taste revolting if allowed to stew too long.

            Here is the Lonely Planet's perception of "Strange Food":

            I don't know about you, but those Pinoy eggs are revolting to me. The rest is OK.


              That Filipino dish called BALUT is, I agree, totally disgusting to me. I have eaten one BALUT one time, and there is no way in the world, I'll do that again.
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                Here is somebody's perception of Dangerous Food:!/artikkel/23407...e+matretter%5D

                The fact is that much of the Fugu served in Japan is farmed and thus does not contain any poison at all. But don't tell anybody, it would take the "fun" out of eating Fugo Shasimi.
                Another item on the list is Kassava, which is staple food in part of Africa. It cannot be too dangerous.


                • nari
                  nari commented
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                  Isn't Kassava also consumed in PNG? Or am I thinking of kava?

                  Shark's liver is supposed to be toxic but some Micronesians knew how to detoxify it. The liquid of the green coconut (called moimoto in Kiribati) is supposedly the most nutritious liquid around and it also tastes good with spirits (alcoholic variety) especially gin or rum.

                As a continuation of what can be eaten and what can not, depending on your cultural origin and/or adventurousness, here is an opportunity for those in Australia to try some of what the local fauna and flora has to offer, without leaving the comfort of Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane? :

                I don't know if these Danes will be able to outdo the inventiveness of the local aboriginals when it comes to finding strange "bush tucker".


                • Sigve
                  Sigve commented
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                  I think we have discussed the "gammelost" in this forum earlier?

                A little trip around some of the many street stalls in Hanoi:
                Sorry, the comments are in Norwegian only and very Norwegian in attitude as well.

                Extreme food, seen from an American point of view: