Eating food is a commonplace thing, apparently. When you start to include weird items to your menu, the perception begins to change. From something that you do not spare much exclusive thinking, it becomes a sensation to feel with an altered mindset. For example, during the breakfast, you may hurriedly stuff the sandwich without even thinking much about what fills in between the bread. However, when you become aware that it contains boiled raccoon meat, you start to take notice about what just went down into your stomach! With plenty of unbelievable foods in the world, it is actually a perilous territory.
A matter of inhibition
Many of this cooked stuff that comes to the serving table can be disgusting or distasteful to a lot of people. In some places of Saudi Arab, they cook and eat an Uromastyx lizard. Seeing the photos of this ‘dish’ can be absolutely harrowing (warning: graphic images) for a normal person! What about the raccoon meat that you just read above? These animals being so intelligent and often so human-like in its cleverness, that the thought of killing and cooking one can be repulsive to some people. Just so, it can be completely unacceptable to eat dog meat, found in some parts of China. After all, what is the difference between civilized people and the cannibals of uncivilized worlds? It is no wonder that there are various phobias associated with the act of eating food.
An overall fear of eating is cibophobia. Minor pseudodysphagia is the fear to choke while swallowing, and severe pseudodysphagia is the fear of swallowing itself, thus not enabling the person concerned to eat anything at all. Mageirocophobia is the fear of cooking, and it can be relatable to other types of related phobias as well. These phobias are typically visible in rudimentary degrees among almost everyone, especially when it comes to the matter of trying eccentric food. Food neophobia is a sense of anxiousness about eating a new dish. Everyone must remember those Fear Factor episodes and the experiences of participants!
For extreme food connoisseurs, the limits of dietary ethics are more extensive than that of ordinary people. One has to be careful about not eating anything poisonous or anything that transgresses the basics of life and living. Speaking of ethical concerns, even the Holy Book of the Bible has several references to what is edible and what is not. Only avid readers of the Bible may also know that there are several extreme ‘foods’ discussed therein as well, the first being that ‘forbidden fruit’ from the Tree of Knowledge! Well, so now you see where it all began.
Even there it can be rather repulsive like references to eating human flesh and bread that is baked over human excrement. As these things get really quirky, just stick to your good sense in the choice of food. Do not experiment with anything that gets you to regret all your life but you cannot do anything about it. You already ate it! Now, if you want some of the Biblical bizarre foods, definitely consider trying the locusts. It should not be much of an ethical concern to eat insects.
Wanting to try?
Typically, to eat bugs they roast it or shallow fry it. With worms, the usual practice is to gulp it down in sushi style. A fine assortment of dishes is available for the interested insectivorous foodie (no offense meant) from dried ants to pickled worms and grasshoppers. In this particular category, the Australian witchety grub should definitely be a top prize winner due to its gross oddity. However, it is an actual exotic dish served at resorts! The Mexican tequila worm definitely is a close call for the top prize of bizarre insect dishes. Do you know that these bugs have great nutritional value as well? It is the gusano worm dipped in tequila.
There is also a special 2-ounce bottle with two worms. Some people also call it the Mezcal so as to not confuse with tequila. In Ghana, people feast on termite during springtime as their primary source of protein. Street food vendors in China regularly sell various kinds of insect larva after frying them. A recent report stated that the Dutch food distributor, Silgro is trying to market the idea of consuming insects to Europeans. In this process, they also offered a free helping of roasted crickets on the sidewalks to passersby. Even in Japanese culture, it is an accepted notion to eat exotic dishes made with insects. Inago is the name for fried grasshoppers; Sangi is fried silk moth pupae and Zaza mushi is a type of larvae.
Apart from fried insects, other weird dishes include veggies such as okra, very common in places like India and Japan. If you are uncomfortable with swallowing slimy veggies, okras and Jackfruits may not be in your list of items. Strange vegetable broths include the Kava in Fiji and the Poi in Hawaii. Here’s wishing you good luck on trying strange food items. Just remember to play it safe, mentally and physically!