Gross or Great? 27 Unexpected Delicacies from Around the World Slideshow

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Whole Sheep's Head

For all those lamb lovers out there, this dish allows diners to come, literally, face-to-face with their meat. Whole sheep's head is presented intact and attached to the skull, sometimes even with the brain still inside.

Though seemingly gruesome, the eyeballs, tongue, cheeks, ears, and skin are surprisingly tender and succulent. Whole sheep's head is a culinary tradition in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. When they're finished eating, chefs often use the remaining bones for soup stock.

To eat sheep's head, check out the Smalahovesleppet Festival on September 28 and 29 in Voss, Norway.

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