What’s the Weirdest Thing You’ve Eaten?

The weirdest thing I ever ate was something that looked like tiny penises halfway around the world.  What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

I just got back from dinner with 3 of my friends from television.

While I was driving home from dinner, my mother called to see what I ate.  My mother is fascinated with what people eat when they go out for dinner.

I informed her we shared seared Octopus for an appetizer.  I didn’t get much further than that for quite a while.  Betty immediately started yelling “Blech” into the phone.    She actually used that word.  “Blech!  Why in God’s name would you eat that?? ”   Uh, I dunno.  ‘Cause they were all out of  human toe knuckles mainly.

My mom’s not the most adventurous when it comes to food.

When my mother finally calmed down, I told her that I tried my friend Jenny’s rabbit entree.  Betty’s blech was immediately elevated to animated barfing sounds.

Now I know rabbit isn’t super-common among those of us raised on white bread and canned peas, but it isn’t THAT crazy, is it?  To be perfectly honest with you it was very tender and really did taste like chicken.  No joke.  But for some reason it was less enjoyable than eating chicken.  Mainly because it was a bunny.  Mainly because it felt like I was eating my cat.

Which is nothing compared to what a friend of mine told me he ate a few weeks ago.  Porcupine.  He ate porcupine.  Remarkable, when you consider this same fellow squinches his face up at most other exotic dishes.  Like Chinese food for example.  Or vegetables. The thought of it makes him queazy.  But Moose?  Bring it on.  Porcupine … lemme at it.  Apparently it tastes like pork incidentally, which makes it one of the most appropriately named foods on earth.

So as we move into the weekend when most of us have more time to focus on food, I have a question for you.  Out of curiosity  what’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever eaten?

To get the ball rolling here … my entry:

The most adventurous thing I’ve ever eaten – barnacles.  Yup.  Those things you scrape off the bottom of a boat.  If you noticed the thumbnail picture at the side of this post on my homepage … you were noticing barnacles.  They look like ugly, angry little penises.  I tried them in Portugal.

So, even if it’s a can of ravioli that was expired by 2 years I want to hear about it.  Why?  Like I said … I’m just curious.  And a bit nervous to hear your responses.  As the saying goes, it was curiosity that killed the cat.  Hopefully  it wasn’t for the purpose of eating it.

ANY CHARA CTER HERE

And yes … I was wearing a headset for the telephone conversation in my car so don’t get on my ass about it please.  I have a mother for that.

102 Comments

  1. aleenutsa says:

    Well, in my part of the world, things u might consiber “Bleach” are the most common.
    I regularly eat Pork feet gelatin
    Pork/chicken/duck/beef liver
    Chicken feet
    Sangerete(wich is a mix of pork organs prepared in pork blood)
    Chicken stomach( i don’t know what do u call it)
    Rabbit
    Pork ears
    Beef stomach(soupe)
    Lamb intestin
    Cow intestin
    And the usual worms i miss when eating my homegrown bio apples. I prefer not to see them, so when i feel something tickleing on my tongue, i chew fast and then swallow like there’s no tomorrow.

  2. Jenn says:

    Between living in the Pacific Northwest and France, I’ve eaten some things that most others would find objectionable:

    sea urchin (not my fav)
    most kinds of sushi
    rabbit
    pigeon
    sea & land snails (sea are way better)
    ox tail
    jellyfish & seaweed salad (like salty rubber bands)
    squid (yum!)
    gooey duck (looks like a horse schlong)
    chicken feet
    dirt (hey, I was a toddler)

  3. Donna Lapeer says:

    Personally, I do not consider this unusual. Others do. Weeds. As a organic gardener I often prepare the weed de jour. Most of the year purslain is plentiful and it is packed with nutrition, just fix it like any green. Perfect revenge and very yummy!

  4. Kendra says:

    I have eaten sea urchin gonads – fried. Pretty tasty.
    Plus my mother ( named Betty also ) once made an entire batch of cookies and forgot the sugar. After trying a bite, I spit them out, saying they tasted like dog food ( have tried plenty of THAT in my younger years as well ). My dad however, ate them all and informed my mom they were delicious.

  5. Marilyn says:

    Deep fried calf nuts! Would NOT have eaten them had I known what they were – but they are absolutely delicious!!

  6. Tay says:

    Okay. SPAM and Goetta. Not exotic per se, but have you ever read the ingredients? This city hick is right proud to server her guests the aforementioned!

  7. shirley huang says:

    As part of asian culture, we eat almost anything and everything. Rabbit and turtle dishes are quite common on our dinner table. Most adventurous dish I’ve eaten, so far goes to, is snake. And no, I’ve not eaten cats or dogs, and not intend to.

  8. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    Ah, you just reminded me that the annual Turkey Testicle Festival is coming in a couple months! Yum!!! Bring on them balls!

  9. Lily says:

    I grew up in the country where we grew all of our food. Something kept getting to all of our strawberries, so my mom put a $10 bounty on the culprit. We cleaned them, cooked them, and brought them to a pot luck. Organic, free-range Squirrel Stew.

  10. lori says:

    The weirdest meat I have eaten was dog.(while in Spain) but compared to what I have read here,that is not very weird.

  11. I’ve never eaten anything REALLY weird.

    I mean, my mother and I do sushi about once a week, so we eat octopus and eel on a regular basis.

    My grandparents are German and they used to try to feed us strange things all the time. Like tongue. And pig snoots. And this stuff that looks like bacon, but with more fat and you eat it raw. Yum-O. Oh, and my grandmother just made a plum cake that looked like it was covered in lady parts. Apparently when plums are quartered and baked they looked very strange. I couldn’t eat it, but my fiance said it was great. Eh.

  12. Ecochic says:

    While on exchange in Japan, I’ve eaten raw horse meat. Some may shudder, but it was delicious. I just thought of it as blue steak. And it was so tender. My host family explained to me that the Japanese don’t believe in waste, and that horse was actually an elder horse, and eating it was a way of honouring its service to its owners.

    I’ve also had shark fin soup, sea cucumber, prairie oyster (bull testicle), chicken tendon, a whole smoked fish head to tail, guts included (thought of it as a salty chocolate bar).

    • Keegan says:

      I’ve had the raw horse in Japan too! I thought it was more similar to raw bacon…

      • Pam'a says:

        Prairie oysters, you say? I’m intrigued, because as the vet’s daughter/indentured slave, I grew up cleaning buckets of the things… on the Prairie.

        But guess what? We called them Rocky Mountain oysters. Are you from the Rockies? :)

  13. Rebecca says:

    Squirrel. Not good!

  14. Lene says:

    A few years ago, I took part in a Toronto “City Chase”…one of the challenges was a spinning food wheel. Two of us got a huge hunk of rich unlevenned chocolate cake, one got a stack of ritz crackers with peanut butter, both NO drink (harder than it seems) and I got a styrofoam cup of LIVE CRICKETS…no drink. Ugh…they were hopping in my mouth.yuck! But I ate ’em!

  15. Meagan says:

    I ate alpaca and guinea pig in Peru. The guinea pig, a delicacy there, was served whole on a platter. Poor little guy! That was pretty creepy.

    In Thailand I had grub worms and a small bite of some sort of pig’s blood jello, among other crazy things. (Gosh, sorry! That’s gross!) I don’t really recommend either. For whatever reason I blame the jello on “being adventurous”, but I wouldn’t even try artichokes until about a year ago.

  16. Langela says:

    I tried octopus when I was younger. It tasted like a really fishy rubber band. Frog legs from our own pond cooked over the campfire were delicious like fishy chicken.

  17. Amy says:

    I chickened out as a kid when Mom made snails. So the most exotic thing I have eaten was a whole baby octopus at a sushi resturant. It was not good. I love octopus sushi but the whole thing, head and all, it had some weird marinated taste…mineraly. Blech!!!

    By the way I was just looking for a picture of angry little penis just the other day.. couldn’t find any.

    Have a great weekend.

  18. Umm… lets see… I once went hunting with some friends of mine. I shot a deer, and they made me eat the heart….. raw…

    It was quite good cooked, but raw, it was a little chewy.

  19. Cheryl says:

    Doesn’t it depend on which area of the world you live in whether something is considered weird? The strangest thing I’ve ever eaten was pickled turkey gizzards. I think they were served by JD. I’ve also been to a goat roast. It’s prepared on a spit like at a pig roast.

    I love to collect vintage cookbooks. One of my favorites “The American Woman’s Cook Book” circa 1945 has recipes for pidgeon, rabbit, squirrel, and possum (they should have named this secion of he book Roadkill Roundup).

  20. Brook says:

    I’ve eaten many unusual things while traveling and have seem to have a problem with texture. Jellyfish in sesame oil grossed me out because it was like chewing crunchy, oily gristle. Black bread with a thick quivering layer of cold fat – aaargh! And a pizza-du-jour with chunks of bone-in chicken and pickles. Somehow, I’d never imagined that particular combination.

  21. Liz says:

    I’ve eaten Ostrich and Springbuck in South Africa. Both very tasty.

    What the hell is in the title photo? It looks…erm… interesting

  22. Teri says:

    I travel quite a bit and have had the opportunity to sample a lot of different things. Crocodile, ostrich, emu, owl, alligator, guinnea, camel, bear, moose, caribou, rabbit, squirrel, milk served from a Maasai gourd container, Somoan ground roasted pig, Kvaas, Nile perch, Russian pike, pig foot gelatin loaf, roadside roasted corn in Kenya, marrow, kim chi (the good homemade stuff)… well, can’t think of any more…it’s late…

    I’ll try a lot because what is “adventurous” to an American is common to another nationality.

  23. Lynn says:

    “They look like ugly, angry little penises.”

    HA!!!!

    • Well, have not eaten meat for over 30 years, so my adventures in food are of the plant kind and I am thinking that anything I could eat cannot out-gross some weird animal part, but I would have to say that some health food store items might be a bit abhorrent to your every day, standard American diet eater – blue green algae, anyone?

    • amanda says:

      HA to that too! Hilarious!

  24. Caroline says:

    Second blog post I have seen this week about weird/gross foods.

    I don’t really have one, but I looked at my couple days old corn bread the other day and it was covered in fuzzy black mold. looked like a grown cat was skinned in there. SO DISGUSTING.

  25. Shannon says:

    I regularly eat Kangaroo, it makes great burgers.
    I also make Thai crocodile cakes (like Thai fish cakes but with crocodile tail)

    My dad once dated this hippy woman in the early 90’s who used to make me collect big grasshoppers for dinner. I can’t remember eating them though, maybe I have suppressed that memory deep within my subconscious.

    • Karen says:

      I went to a street fair on the weekend and they had kangaroo burgers. It is not what you would call common around here. In fact I’ve never seen it before. Would have tried them, but I had just eaten a massive pulled pork on a bun.

      • Shannon says:

        Pulled pork isn’t common round my neck of the woods. That’s what we would call exotic yankee food.

        I love it though, I am going to have pulled pork sliders with home made BBQ sauce at the wedding.

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