Gross or Great? 27 Unexpected Delicacies From Around the World

Dare to dine on worms, tarantulas, snake blood, and other daunting eats

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Chapulines (Spanish for "grasshoppers") are eaten predominantly in the Oaxacan region of Mexico.

In the field of adventurous eating, those seeking flavor-packed thrills are often ready and willing to sample the world's most exotic cultural delicacies and outrageous ingredients.

However, there are some foods out there that push those with even the most fearless palates to the outer limits of their culinary comfort zones. Considered delicacies in some parts of the world, these dishes prey on the phobias of the squeamish and even make some courageous eaters cringe.

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The Daily Meal's list of the world's most out-there foods, which includes insects, rotten fish, rodents, genitals, venom, placenta, and semen, will leave both apprehensive and audacious eaters alike chewing over the same question: you eat what?

"Some of the craziest food in the world is so arcane or so seldom seen that it's almost like a cult of people who have eaten them," said Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel series Bizarre Foods America, in an interview with The Daily Meal.

With a dose of culinary courage, however, many of these disturbing delights can be appreciated by anyone with a preference for acquired tastes.

Those prepared to shatter the boundary between savory and sickening have been warned. Dine only if you dare.

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casa-giardino's picture

We love spring lamb not sheep. The head is a delicacy. I split it in half. I top the brains with a mixture of bread crumbs, parsley, garlic and olive oil. Place it on a bakng sheet, add some sliced potatoes and bake for 1 1/2 hours. The brains are crisp and delicious. What a treat!

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