snailOne man's meat is another man's poison, as the saying goes. Here on The Grind we have covered a whole variety – or should we say smorgasbord – of different types of food eaten around the world. We've written about kangaroo meat, and eating insects and just last month, about fake meat.


But take a trip around the world and you'll see that humans eat almost anything you can imagine, and then plenty that you just can't. So, in the interests of providing a (reasonably) comprehensive guide to all the weird, wonderful and downright disgusting things that are eaten around the world, we present you with the top 68, eaten in 38 countries.

You will notice that some parts of the world contribute disproportionately to this list, but you will also be heartened to see some Australian foods included. One that might have made the cut, but that we have decided to exclude, is fried cane toad legs, which you can read all about here.


So, without further ado, here is the whole list...


1) Food - A-ping

Part of the world - Cambodia

What is it? - Deep Fried Tarantula.


2) Food - Airag

Part of the world - Mongolia

What is it? - Fermented horsemilk – fizzy and slightly alcoholic.


3) Food - Balut

Part of the world - Philippines

What is it? - Fertilised duck egg.


4) Food - Beondegi

Part of the world - Korea

What is it? - Boiled or steamed silkworm.


5) Food - Bird’s Nest Soup

Part of the world – China, Malaysia

What is it? - Made from a small swift's saliva, which is used to build the nest. US$50 a bowl.


6) Food - Black Pudding

Part of the world - UK

What is it? - Traditional sausage made from pig blood and pork fat. Often fried or grilled.


7) Food - Boshintang

Part of the world - Korea

What is it? - Dog meat soup.


8) Food - Brains

Part of the world – Africa, SE Asia

What is it? Self explanatory.


9) Food - Bushmeat

Part of the world - Africa

What is it? - A generic term covering meat from wild animals such as lemurs, giraffe and gorillas. Practice implicated in spread of ebola virus and clearly not great for conservation. Avoid.


10) Food - Casu Marzu

Part of the world - Sardinia

What is it? - Cured sheep's milk cheese allowed to become infested with maggots. You eat the maggots and the cheese. Unsurprisingly not sold in supermarkets.


11) Food - Cat

Part of the world – SE Asia

What is it? - Self explanatory. See also dog.


12) Food – Century Egg

Part of the world - China

What is it? - Chicken, quail or duck egg soaked in salt, clay and ash for weeks (or months) before being eaten.


13) Food – Cherry Blossom Meat

Part of the world - Japan

What is it? - Raw horsemeat, often in sushi. See also Steak Tartare.


14) Food – Chickens Feet

Part of the world – SE Asia, Caribbean, South America, South Africa

What is it? - Self explanatory. A Yum Cha favourite.


15) Food – Cobra Heart

Part of the world - Vietnam

What is it? - Pretty cruel dish – the beating heart of the cobra is dropped into a glass of its own blood.


16) Food - Crocodile

Part of the world – Australia, SE Asia, Africa

What is it? - Self explanatory. Apparently tastes somewhere between chicken and crab.


17) Food - Cuy

Part of the world - Peru

What is it? - Fried or roasted guinea pig.


18) Food - Dog

Part of the world – Korea, China, Vietnam

What is it? - Self explanatory really.


19) Food – Dragon in the Flame of Desire

Part of the world - China

What is it? - Yak's penis.


20) Food – Drunken Shrimp

Part of the world - China

What is it? - Living shrimp stunned in a strong alcoholic spirit called baijiu and eaten alive. Diners risk contracting the parasitic infection paragonimiasis.


21) Food - Durian

Part of the world – Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand

What is it? - A fruit that smells pretty bad (a bit like sewage).


22) Food - Escamole

Part of the world - Mexico

What is it? - Fruit ant larvae.


23) Food - Escargots

Part of the world - France

What is it? - Snails. In garlic butter. Yum.


24) Food – Frogs Legs

Part of the world – France, SE Asia

What is it? - Self explanatory. Taste like chicken with a slight fishy taste.


25) Food – Fruit Bats

Part of the world – Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Guam

What is it? - Self explanatory. Apparently taste like chicken (like most things).


26) Food - Fugu

Part of the world - Japan

What is it? - Blowfish. Very poisonous and must be prepared by a licensed expert chef.


27) Food - Gaebul

Part of the world - Korea

What is it? - A marine worm found on mudflats. Also called a 'penis fish', as it looks like one.


28) Food - Haggis

Part of the world - UK

What is it? - Are you ready for this? It's made by stuffing a sheep's heart, liver and lungs and some minced beef into the sheep's stomach which is then boiled.


29) Food - Hakarl

Part of the world - Iceland

What is it? - Fermented (Greenland or basking) shark meat.


30) Food - Huitlacoche

Part of the world – Mexico

What is it? - Corn cobs that have gone mouldy with corn smut. Yuck.


31) Food – Jellied Moose Nose

Part of the world - Canada

What is it? - Self explanatory. Served in a broth.


32) Food – Jing Leed

Part of the world - Thailand

What is it? - Fried grasshoppers.


33) Food – Kale Pache

Part of the world – Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Mongolia

What is it? - Boiled cow or sheep parts, often eaten for breakfast. Similar to Khash.


34) Food - Kangaroo

Part of the world – Australia

What is it? - Self explanatory. Healthy option as it's high in protein and low in fat.


35) Food – Khash

Part of the world – Middle East, East Europe, Turkey, Armenia

What is it? - Soup made from cow's hooves and its head.


36) Food – Kopi Luwak

Part of the world - Indonesia

What is it? - Coffee beans that have 'passed through' the gut of a wild cat – an Asian palm civet. Get a 125g bag from Harrods for just $500.


37) Food – Locusts

Part of the world – Israel

What is it? - Self explanatory. Kosher. Deep fried or chocolate covered.


38) Food – Marmite/Vegemite

Part of the world – UK, New Zealand, Australia

What is it? - Yeast extract - a by product of brewing beer. You either love it or you hate it.


39) Food – Mopane Worms

Part of the world – South Africa

What is it? - A large type of worm, generally dried or smoked and then added to other food.


40) Food – Mouse Wine

Part of the world – China, Korea

What is it? - Live baby mice are dropped into wine which is fermented for 12 months.


41) Food - Muktuk

Part of the world – Greenland

What is it? - Frozen whale skin and blubber.


42) Food – Natto

Part of the world - Japan

What is it? - Fermented soybeans. A breakfast favourite.


43) Food – Pickled Egg

Part of the world - UK

What is it? Self explanatory. Don't know what all the fuss is about.


44) Food – Raw Blood Soup

Part of the world – Thailand

What is it? - Also called 'Lou', it is made from pig's blood and spices. Consume at your own risk.


45) Food – Rocky Mountain Oysters

Part of the world - US

What is it? - Fried bulls testicles.


46) Food – Sago Delight

Part of the world – SE Asia

What is it? - Sago grubs, raw or cooked.


47) Food – Salo

Part of the world - Ukraine

What is it? - Smoked lard.


48) Food – Sannakji

Part of the world – Korea

What is it? - Live young octopus, chopped into small pieces.


49) Food – Shark Fin Soup

Part of the world – China

What is it? Self explanatory. Very cruel as the sharks have their fins cut off when they are alive and allowed to swim off.


50) Food - Shiokara

Part of the world – Japan

What is it? - A raw mix of sea creatures.


51) Food – Shirako

Part of the world - Japan

What is it? - Sperm sacs of cod fish.


52) Food – Soup Number Five

Part of the world - Philippines

What is it? - A soup made from a bull's penis and testicles.


53) Food – Southern Fried Rattlesnake

Part of the world – US

What is it? - Need we say more. A sort of revenge food.


54) Food – Spam

Part of the world - US

What is it? - Don't really know. Supposedly chopped pork shoulder, ham and potato starch.


55) Food – Starfish

Part of the world – China

What is it? Self explanatory. Served dry, and you break the legs off and peel off the skin to eat the meat inside.


56) Food – Steak Tartare

Part of the world – France

What is it? - Raw minced beef or horsemeat served with a raw egg and seasoning.


57) Food – Stink Bugs

Part of the world – Africa

What is it? - Self explanatory. Boiled, they are crunchy and apparently taste a little like apples.


58) Food - Stinkheads

Part of the world – US

What is it? - Fermented head of a King Salmon.


59) Food – Su Callu Sardu

Part of the world - Sardinia

What is it? - Cheese made from goat's milk left to mature in the stomach of a baby goat for 2-4 months.


60) Food – Surstromming

Part of the world - Sweden

What is it? - Fermented herring.


61) Food – Tripe

Part of the world - Everywhere

What is it? Stomach lining of an animal.


62) Food – Tuna Eye

Part of the world – Japan

What is it? - Yes it's the boiled eye of a tuna.


63) Food – Turtle Soup

Part of the world - UK

What is it? - Self explanatory. Made from the soft shell turtle in Asia or the snapping turtle in the US.


64) Food – Wasp Crackers

Part of the world - Japan

What is it? - Yes, it's crackers embedded with digger wasps.


65) Food – Whale

Part of the world – Japan, US, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Iceland

What is it? - Rightly banned in most countries, whale is still eaten in some parts of the world.


66) Food – White Ant Eggs Soup

Part of the world – Laos

What is it? - Self explanatory. Also called 'Gaeng Kai Mot Daeng'.


67) Food – Witchetty Grub

Part of the world – Australia

What is it? Traditional bush tucker, eaten raw or slightly cooked.


68) Food – Ying-Yang Fish

Part of the world – China, Taiwan

What is it? - Another pretty cruel dish – a fish kept alive while it is deep fried.


Have we missed anything?