Foods have this very particular way of being absolute necessities. Well, it is obvious that everybody needs to eat to survive. However, it turns out to be very attractive when eating becomes a passionate adventure, in one way or other. Not everybody is a foodie! Even those who are, they always have their own particular die-for recipes and dishes. Now, given the massive diversity of items on the menu, naturally, there are genres and sub-genres. Some specialize in meat items, while others may turn their minds to exotic veggies from all over the world.
As long as it is good for the body, and accepted without inhibition, it is good to go with. Nevertheless, things can get really quirky when weird things enter the serving list. There is a huge deal of totally unthinkable stuff to fill your belly. From roasted insects to half boiled fishes and fertilized eggs, the list is fairly exhaustive. It really may seem strange for the normal people to think of pig’s blood, dog’s meat, fried lizards, soaked worms, crocodile meat, grasshoppers, snakes, or frogs to be edible! Yet, it is a reality in many parts of the world.
The very idea of visualizing these can be repulsive, and of course, it is totally natural. Besides, there are ethical concerns. How can you even visualize anyone killing and eating dogs as foods like uncivilized flesh eating tribes? Are not crocodiles and snakes protected animals? How does the conscience even permit it?
Well, to be very sure, there must be a line drawn somewhere. A line, crossing which in awareness is inevitably leading to lifelong regrets. Ethical concerns definitely need proper addressing if you think so. Eating habits are always about making the right personal choice anyway. If you do not think that lamb chop, the beef roast, or the chicken wings are permissible in your way of thinking about dining, then let it be that way. Besides, one must always be careful about not breaking any laws on the dining table!
However, for those who would want to try out bizarre dishes within that aforementioned line, there are still plenty of fun options. You can check out special vegetable dishes such as the kava root soup of Fiji and mashed taro root or Poi of Hawaii. One ought to be extremely careful with these though because raw taro roots are poisonous. Kava root may have hallucinogenic effects. If you get across cactus fruits growing on beavertail cacti, carefully cut it out with a knife and eat as slices. The red types taste somewhat like pear and the purple ones are similar to cranberries. Stay put from over-indulgence though to avoid gastric problems. Remember always that there should be an awareness of personal caution somewhere.
If your palate permits more bizarre dishes, then probably you may see no harm in trying out various kinds of insects. They are acceptable in many cultures worldwide. People in Ghana eat termites as a major protein source in the springtime. In Japan, they consider fried grasshoppers as delicacies. Australians are accepting bugs called witchety grubs into their list of exotic diets. In some parts of Brazil, roasted ants are very popular. Even the Netherlands is trying to popularize roasted crickets as mainstream food.
Some American companies are also exploring these weird edible options for marketing. The Mexicans take their appetite to a whole new level by sipping up tequila shots laden with gusano worm juices. From beetles to moths and stinkbugs and cockroaches, all of them can find their way back to the dining table. In fact, a group of scientists is of the view that if more people start eating insects, it can significantly help with good health as insects contain essential proteins. Given the super-availability of insects, it should not be a bad business proposition. Instead of killing them as pests, they can be of really good use. Of course, there is always that matter of personal do’s and don’ts.
It is not unnatural to have different kinds of phobias associated with eating. You would not want to develop Cibophobia or the fear of food! Dietary neophobia is the name of the fear of trying something new. In short, stay away from anything that makes you nauseated to think of, unless it is not anything bad and you are just not feeling well to eat.
For the brave-hearts who intend to try something for adventurous, there are quite a few real hardcore options. Do remember that these can be disturbing to the mind after you gulp them down, so always think before you act. How about cooked rats or roasted lizards? Frog meat is particularly popular in many countries. In Peru, they blend skinned frog into special beverages to make particularly strong drinks. You can also find alligator flesh served in some places. With all these super bizarre options, just remember to keep it safe and easy on the mind.