The world of food is fun and exciting, and you are probably used to seeing some pretty exotic foods in your local supermarket. It is fun to experiment with exotic tastes, and more and more unusual foods are probably popping up in your local supermarket. There really is an amazing array of foods out there, and this is a list of some from around the world that will make you smile, wonder, and hopefully, investigate a different culture. It’s true that one man’s meat is another man’s poison, but all of these foods are wildly popular in their countries origin, and it’s best not to knock them until you have had a chance to try them – you never know, you might just find something that you like!
This is a real delicacy that is originally found in South Africa, although it is becoming increasingly popular across the world. The name literally means “Farmers’ Sausage”, and it is a spicy sausage that was made in order to make use of any part of an animal. The sausage features minced meat (including offal) that is spiced and flavoured with herbs before it is placed into the intestines of the animal that produced it – lamb, chicken, cattle or game – and cooked over an open flame.
Comically known as “Walkie Talkies” by local South Africans, this delicacy is frequently eaten as a snack on the go, or as a main meal accompanied by porridge and vegetables. The feet are spiced and cooked over an open fire, or grilled. In Asia, chickens feet are commonly battered and fried.
Another common supermarket food in South Africa. Biltong is the dried, raw meat of animals, typically game animals like antelope. The meat is carefully spiced and dried, leaving a rich, full flavour and tough but enjoyable texture. Also known as jerky. Biltong is often enjoyed when watching sport or enjoying a few drinks with friends. Biltong comes in a variety of forms, from large chunks to strips and slivers.
As the name suggests, this common canned food contains the inner most part of a variety of palm trees. Extremely popular in South America, this staple is similar in consistency to canned asparagus. It is nutritious and healthy, as well as affordable, but many people are put off by the strange name – imagine eating the heart of a tree! Palm hearts are now readily available in supermarkets across the world.
Once again, this is a supermarket food from South America that you may not have heard of. Chicken hearts are small, bite-sized pieces of meat (they are the actual heart of the animal) that are served flame-grilled with traditional Brazilian flavours like peri-peri. Expect to eat them as the locals to, served piping hot on a skewer or espetada.
A delicacy from Britain that is particularly popular as breakfast. Black pudding is dried, congealed pigs blood that is made by boiling and drying blood until a hard layer forms. This layer is then served as a meal. Despite the name, the dish is more like an extremely bloody sausage (it is also known as blood sausage) than a random piece of dried blood. It is wildly popular from Asia to Europe.
This is an Asian fruit that is so bizarre in appearance that many people are unsure how to eat it. The dragon fruit gets its name from the hard, scale-like leaves that cover its skin. In terms of taste, the fruit is regularly compared to melon in that it does not have an overpowering taste, with a texture that is similar to kiwifruit.
This is a popular Polish dish that is also eaten in many parts of the United States of America. In most cases the brain is fried or battered and eaten on toast as a light meal. The taste is similar to bone marrow, and the brain has a dense, soft texture. Not for the faint of heart! However, if you can get over the concept of what you are eating, you may be pleasantly surprised.
A food that originated in the United Kingdom, but is now widely enjoyed the world over. Tripe is a substantial meal that is usually eaten as a dinner. It consists of the stomach of an ox or a cow, which can be boiled, grilled or fried. It is cheap and highly nutritious, and is a staple when cooked correctly.
This is one of Scotland’s most famous exports. Haggis is a dish that is prepared in a very ritualized way, often served at important ceremonies or dinners. Haggis consists of a sheep’s stomach that has been stuffed with its minced meat, stomach and intestines and a variety of spices. Haggis is generally enjoyed with a glass of whisky and a side of warm vegetables. Although it is new to the supermarket world, but has become a firm, albeit exotic, favourite across the world.
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