Bugs for Dinner, Anyone?
Last night I watched a show about people going to Restaurants which served bugs in various ways on The Nat Geo Channel last night. I admit, I've never tried anything bug that I'm aware of. It appears bugs are gaining popularity as the newest of proteins or at least some Chefs and/or Restaurants are promoting bugs and other foods as socially acceptable- dishes many of us would either shy away from or turn our heads with the hopes of not vomiting after seeing a deep fried Spiders as one example.
I thought I was fairly open to trying many different types of cuisines until I watched this show. I don't think you could pay me to try some of the food others were eating. If you've eaten fried Tarantula, please share!
Other items popular on menus that serve bugs included cockroaches, silkworm pupae, crickets, scorpions, grasshoppers (Oh yum, the legs... the legs... ) and many more bugs we wouldn't even pick up let alone eat. Maybe some of you would eat them or have?
Another item that seems to be popular in Japan and considered a delicacy are fish sperm sacs, I wonder if Dean Owen has tried these?
The photo above from the article 33 Bizzare (and disgusting meals) People Actually Eat Across The Globe. Be sure to check it out, I think you might be surprised or feel sick after reading this and seeing the photos. No offense to anyone who does eat any of the food items listed.
If you haven't checked out the links please watch the video below. I was shocked when I saw this. I had no idea people eat live Octopus! They have numerous tentacles that are working quite well when it goes into the person's mouth. People have choked to death on live Octopus because of the tentacles sticking while they are swallowing. No worries, the video does now show a person choking on Octopus.
I thought I was fairly open to eating new foods but I'm a big Wuss in comparison to those who've tried the many bugs and Octopus I've noted above. I've tried sushi, fried frogs legs, oysters, rabbit, (sorry my rabbit loving friends), alligator and possibly bugs that crawled into my food that I wasn't aware of. Please, share your food stories. I want to hear what you have tried that others may find revolting. We have many cultures on beBee so I'm sure some of what I listed may be very acceptable and tasty among some cultures and I would love to hear more about your experiences with foods that some of us fear eating. I heard Guinea pig is a very popular meat in Peru and I don't think I could ever try that either.
For some reason I'm feeling a bit buggy right now!
Header photo courtesy of google images
Video courtsey of YouTube