Date added: Wednesday 22nd March 2017
With a world full of diversity; thereís so much food out there to try. From unusual fruit to insect caviar, thereís plenty to discover. Here are five of the worldís most interesting foods youíve got to try, brought to you by Frontier
Lionfish is commonly served in Belize restaurants. Itís a white flaky fish with a slightly firm texture. Theyíre one of the healthiest options of fish, full of omega-3 fatty acids and are low in saturated fats and mercury. Eating lionfish is not only delicious; it is also beneficial to the environment. Consuming non-native lionfish in Belize helps U.S. Atlantic coastal waters. The invasive species threatens the native fish, reefs and plants by competing with the diverse organisms for resources and habitats. Culling is even encouraged in many South American countries. These fish do carry venom in their spikes, but once theyíve been removed and the meat is cooked Ė youíre good to go! If youíre able to get your mind of the toxic myths Ė this is a dish to die for.
Also known as Halwa, Halva is most popular in Egypt but is also widely consumed across the Middle East. There are two types of Halva available. The first is flour based and is quite gelatinous. The second is nut-butter-based and can be consumed by vegans. Traditionally it is a sesame seed paste with sugar made into blocks. Halva can have sweet vanilla or sesame flavours but the tastes differ as different ingredients are incorporated. It can have chocolate, nuts and even fruit swirled throughout. Itís eaten as a dessert globally but many Egyptians will typically eat this as a breakfast bar or smooth it into a sandwich on pita bread.
Kangaroo meat (Australia)
This oneís for those that love their meaty dishes. Move over beef steak, kangaroo meat is here and itís full of health benefits! This type of meat is much leaner than other red meats. Itís packed full of protein and usually consists of only 2% fat. The meat is even approved by the Australian Heart Foundation. Not only does it have plenty of protein; itís low in cholesterol with high levels of zinc, iron and omega-3ís. Itís a great alternative to some of your favorite meals if youíre willing to give it a go. Usually itís eaten as delicious burgers but can also be served as steaks, sausages or mince. The taste varies depending on how itís prepared but itís often compared to a gammy flavor stronger than beef.
This fruit comes with a punch. Itís got an aroma so strong itíll knock you off your feet! Itís described as the ĎKing of the fruití in South East Asia due to its rough textured appearance. If youíre walking down a market in Malaysia Ė youíll smell it before you see it! So what is it about this peculiar piece of fruit that makes people even want to eat it? Well, if you can get by its repulsive smell, the insides of a Durian is said to taste sweet and creamy with a texture similar to a cheesecake. However, depending on the season, theyíre also claimed to taste bitter and resemble the flavor of burnt onions. Bit of a difference there; this really is one to find out for yourself!
If youíre brave and up for a challenge then why not try the cheese fruit? This fruits smell could give the Durians title of Ďsmelliest fruit in the worldí a run for its money. The cheese fruit is more commonly known as Noni, or sometimes even Ďpuke fruití. Although it is known to taste horribly sour and bitter, this fruit is eaten as a famine fruit by Southeast Asians and Australian Aborigines. If you can hold this one down, youíll even get all of its nutrients and vitamins Ė yum!
Nope, itís not rice and it isnít quinoa. Escamol is actually ant larvae! Once a delicacy eaten by the Aztecs; itís now a popular dish in Central Mexico. Even referred to as insect caviar, many South American restaurants serve the dish for a high price. It costs quite a bit due to only being available between the spring and summer of each year. Nestlings are extracted from the agave and cactus roots and are then cooked. They are mainly served in tacos with onions and peppers but can also be served on their own with sides of salsa, guacamole or nachos. They have nutty and buttery flavours with a texture similar to cottage cheese. It may all sound a bit squeamish but this dish is loved by many. As the saying goes; never judge a book by its cover!
Think you could stomach everything on the list? Whether youíre brave enough to try them all or not; itís still a cool idea to travel throughout some, if not all of the countries, and learn about their culture. Although it can be daunting leaving your home country; pushing yourself out of your comfort zone can make for great experiences.