20 Weirdest Food Trends from Around the World

The culinary world never ceases to surprise us with its unique and sometimes downright bizarre food trends. Here are 20 of the strangest food fads from around the globe in 2024.

1. Deep-Fried Spiders – Cambodia

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In Cambodia, deep-fried spiders are a popular street snack. These crispy arachnids are seasoned with sugar and salt, providing a crunchy and unique protein source.

2. Tuna Eyeballs – Japan

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Tuna eyeballs are a delicacy in Japan, often served in izakayas (Japanese pubs). They are typically boiled and seasoned, offering a gelatinous texture that seafood lovers might enjoy.

3. Bird’s Nest Soup – China

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This Chinese delicacy is made from the nests of swiftlets, which are composed of the bird’s saliva. The soup is believed to have health benefits and is valued for its unique texture and flavor.

4. Fried Tarantulas – Venezuela

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In Venezuela, tarantulas are not just pests but a culinary treat. These large spiders are fried and sometimes seasoned with garlic, offering a crunchy and slightly gamey flavor.

5. Casu Marzu – Italy

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Casu Marzu is a traditional Sardinian cheese known for being infested with live maggots. The larvae enhance the fermentation process, resulting in a soft, creamy cheese that some find delicious.

6. Hákarl – Iceland

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Hákarl is fermented shark meat from Iceland. This pungent dish is traditionally buried underground for several months and then hung to dry, resulting in a strong ammonia smell and taste.

7. Century Eggs – China

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Century eggs are duck, chicken, or quail eggs preserved in a mixture of clay, ash, and salt for several weeks to months. The result is a dark, jelly-like egg with a strong, distinctive flavor.

8. Balut – Philippines

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Balut is a fertilized duck egg with a partially developed embryo inside, boiled and eaten from the shell. It’s a popular street food in the Philippines, known for its rich, savory taste.

9. Surströmming – Sweden

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Surströmming is fermented herring from Sweden, notorious for its intense smell. The fish is typically eaten with flatbread and potatoes, providing a strong, tangy flavor.

10. Escamoles – Mexico

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Escamoles are ant larvae harvested from agave plants in Mexico. They are often sautéed with butter and spices, offering a nutty taste and caviar-like texture.

11. Sannakji – South Korea

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Sannakji is a Korean dish featuring live octopus tentacles. The tentacles are cut into small pieces and served immediately, still wriggling on the plate, providing a fresh, chewy texture.

12. Mopane Worms – Southern Africa

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Mopane worms, the caterpillar of the emperor moth, are a popular snack in Southern Africa. They are often dried or fried and eaten as a protein-rich treat.

13. Cuy – Peru

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Cuy, or guinea pig, is a traditional dish in Peru. The meat is often roasted or fried, offering a flavor similar to rabbit or poultry.

14. Jellied Moose Nose – Canada

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Jellied moose nose is a traditional Canadian dish made from the cartilage and flesh of a moose’s nose. It’s boiled and then chilled to create a gelatinous texture.

15. Stargazy Pie – England

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Stargazy pie is a Cornish dish featuring whole sardines baked into a pie with their heads poking through the crust. This savory pie is traditionally eaten during the winter festival of Tom Bawcock’s Eve.

16. Black Pudding – United Kingdom

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Black pudding is a type of blood sausage commonly eaten in the UK. Made from pork blood, fat, and oatmeal, it’s typically sliced and fried as part of a traditional English breakfast.

17. Huitlacoche – Mexico

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Huitlacoche, also known as corn smut, is a fungus that grows on ears of corn. It’s considered a delicacy in Mexican cuisine, offering an earthy, mushroom-like flavor.

18. Fried Brain Sandwiches – USA

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In parts of the United States, particularly the Midwest, fried brain sandwiches made from cow or pig brains are a nostalgic and unique dish, often breaded and served on a bun.

19. Drunken Shrimp – China

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Drunken shrimp is a dish where live shrimp are immersed in a strong liquor before being eaten. The shrimp are often consumed while still moving, offering a fresh and slightly intoxicating flavor.

20. Maggot Cheese – France

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Similar to Italy’s Casu Marzu, France also has its version of maggot cheese. This cheese is infested with live larvae, which are believed to enhance the flavor and texture of the cheese.

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These bizarre food trends highlight the diverse and sometimes eccentric culinary practices around the world, offering adventurous eaters a chance to explore new and unusual flavors.

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