Deadly, deadly, deadliest! We may not be too concerned about toxic foods in Europe, but in other continents like Asia, “dangerous” foods are consumed regularly and are considered a delicacy. Those of us who aren’t used to this type of diet may have to think twice before ordering any of these plates, but one thing’s for sure, they definitely sound more enjoyable. your usual bowl of pasta!
Also known as Fugu, this deadly delicacy is especially popular in Japan, where it is served as sushi or grilled. This fish contains the toxin tetrodotoxin, which causes muscle paralysis, suffocation and even death if not handled properly. Removing the reproductive organs and liver removes all risks… assuming the cook knows what he’s doing (it took 3 months of apprenticeship to master the skill of preparing Fugu).
There is no antidote, this dish is extremely risky, but that is also part of its allure and is why many locals and tourists love to order Fugu.
Sannakji is a lightly seasoned, raw octopus dish commonly served in Korea. Since the suction on the tentacles is still active, this dish can pose a real choking hazard! If you ever decide to try this twisted plate of food, the trick here is to chew well and drink lots of water.
3) Ackee factory
It seems that only the white part of this Jamaican plant can be eaten; eating the black and red pieces can get you what the locals call “Jamaican vomiting disease,” an illness that includes symptoms such as seizures or fatal hypoglycemia. However, the white parts of this plant are extremely healthy, packed with vitamin A and protein. What a crazy combination!
4) Blood cockles
Originating from Shanghai, this dish is both delicious and adventurous! Blood cockles contain many viruses and bacteria that can cause a number of diseases. And although restaurants cook them in boiling water to get rid of any bacteria, no matter how long the cooking process is, it’s almost impossible to eliminate all illnesses. Your safest bet is to stay away from them altogether!
5) Casu Marzu
This cheese is intentionally left out in the sun to rot and attract maggots…delicious! Furthermore, according to locals, Casu Marzu can only be enjoyed while the worms are still alive and writhing or else it risks becoming too poisonous. Even so, if the worms survive in your stomach, you are STILL at risk of serious illness. What a treat!
Although this dish originated in Sardinia, it has in fact been banned by the EU because its consumption poses too many health risks. Even so, there are still a lot of people who eat and enjoy this dish!
Would you try any of these specialties if given the chance? What other dangerous foods have you heard of?