You may find food sumptuous, delectable and appetising, but while food can tick off all the delicious adjectives in your dictionary, it can also turn out to be gross, disgusting, gross or maybe just plain weird. Also, while we travel from one place to another, food is treated differently, or should we say people customize food differently. So are you adventurous as far as your tastebuds are concerned?
Even if you aren’t, find out these foods that people used to eat and savour as well. The only word that can come out of your mouth after learning about these foods are, OMG! did people really eat this food? Apparently, they did. What is one man’s yuck is another man’s yum! Read more to find out to they really appeal to your refined taste buds?
Savoury Jellied Salads
Well, the last century saw some really weird meals being cooked and that inclu8des some strange salads, but who would think that Americans will come up with something like ‘Jell-O-Salad.’
It may look like jellified chicken or tuna, yes it’s a strange combination of fruit, and vegetables wrapped in lime green jelly or an equally sickly-sweet flavour. Well, we are going to pass that one for sure! No wonder the dish now gets the dead-as-the-dodo tag. You never thought you may soon find it rearing its jellied head!
If you have seen the film, The Lighthouse, you may have seen both characters glugging down kerosene (lamp oil), well, there may not be any truth to that. However, there may be a few WWII sailors who consumed something called Torpedo juice, which is a combination of lemon, pineapple juice, and the 180-proof alcohol that was used as fuel in torpedos! What do you think was it actually glug-worthy? Well, we are not betting on that one yet.
When you hear about it, you won’t think that it sounds very appetising right? Well, certainly not! But then there were people who used to feast on the tails of beavers during Lent?
In the 17th century, the Catholic church declared that since beavers were semi-aquatic, they were regarded as “fish” and may get the fit-for-consumption tag during the 40-day period, the time when Christians don’t touch meat.
Ambergris is termed as the intestinal slurry, the kind that a whale ejects from its body after ingesting creatures such as squid. It’s actually secreted from behind the back end of the whale and turns into a hard form in the cold water. It was popular in Early Modern Europe, as a gourmet ingredient is used in things like ice cream.
Black Iguana Eggs
The Mayans would love these all-yolk eggs which are unlike you have eaten as it has a leathery, rough exterior. The Mesoamerican people would actually farm black iguanas and stay out of water for a long period of time, more than the green cousins, and would harvest them for consumption.
It was during the 1940s, that food started getting scarce and most people had to rely on their rations and they couldn’t get fresh food such as fruits. But the British people were not taking no for an answer, and they had to create something as close to the real thing as possible and thus was born fake bananas, and that was just banana essence added to parsnips!
It was the seventies and the McDonald’s added the Onion Nuggets, they were crunchy deep-fried pieces of onion in the batter. Maybe that fad did not catch on and they had to come up with something that was as popular as chicken nuggets that we love to have!
Lemonade in Milk
This was once regarded as a very common drink in the US as you blend a little bit of Seven-Up with some cold milk and call it soda milk. Well, there are people in the UK, who love their milk with Coca-Cola. There are foods such as soda floats and egg creams, which is still appeals to a lot of the frizzy-drinks-guzzling people.
Well, these are some of the foods that can certainly make it to your list of never-want-to-taste-ever! Well, what do you think do you want to taste these foods? Aren’t you glad that these are not on the menu of any of the restaurants you visit now?