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Frontier - 5 World foods to tickle your taste buds

Date added: Wednesday 22nd March 2017

With a world full of diversity; there’s so much food out there to try. From unusual fruit to insect caviar, there’s plenty to discover. Here are five of the world’s most interesting foods you’ve got to try, brought to you by Frontier

Lionfish (Belize)

Lionfish is commonly served in Belize restaurants. It’s a white flaky fish with a slightly firm texture. They’re 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 they’ve been removed and the meat is cooked – you’re good to go! If you’re able to get your mind of the toxic myths – this is a dish to die for.

Halva (Egypt)

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. It’s 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 one’s for those that love their meaty dishes. Move over beef steak, kangaroo meat is here and it’s full of health benefits! This type of meat is much leaner than other red meats. It’s 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; it’s low in cholesterol with high levels of zinc, iron and omega-3’s. It’s a great alternative to some of your favorite meals if you’re willing to give it a go. Usually it’s eaten as delicious burgers but can also be served as steaks, sausages or mince. The taste varies depending on how it’s prepared but it’s often compared to a gammy flavor stronger than beef.

Durian (Malaysia)

This fruit comes with a punch. It’s got an aroma so strong it’ll knock you off your feet! It’s described as the ‘King of the fruit’ in South East Asia due to its rough textured appearance. If you’re walking down a market in Malaysia – you’ll 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, they’re 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 you’re brave and up for a challenge then why not try the cheese fruit? This fruits smell could give the Durians title of ‘smelliest fruit in the world’ a run for its money. The cheese fruit is more commonly known as Noni, or sometimes even ‘puke fruit’. 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, you’ll even get all of its nutrients and vitamins – yum!

Escamol (Mexico)

Nope, it’s not rice and it isn’t quinoa. Escamol is actually ant larvae! Once a delicacy eaten by the Aztecs; it’s 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 you’re brave enough to try them all or not; it’s 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.