LIST: Most Bizarre National Delicacies From Around The World

Americans eat some foods that people in other countries might not find appealing, like grits or frog legs, but that’s nothing compared to some of the beloved local foods from around the world. BuzzFeed asked followers to share the delicious delicacies their country is known for and these are some of the most … interesting.

  • Mexico: Escamol. These are ant eggs, and you might not believe it, but it’s said “they taste like butter.”
  • UK: Black pudding. Don’t be fooled, this isn’t pudding at all! “It’s actually a blood sausage made from a pig’s blood” and it’s very common in a full English breakfast.
  • Iceland: Kæstur hákarl. This fermented shark is sometimes served with a vodka-like booze “because the shark’s taste is so strong!”
  • Germany: Schmalz. They use this rendered animal fat as a sandwich spread or for frying.
  • Finland: Mykyrokka. How about a nice bowl of “blood dumpling soup” to warm you up?
  • Colombia: Hormigas culonas. These “big-bottomed ants” are a delicacy there.
  • Nicaragua: Beef tongue. “I know it sounds disgusting, but don’t knock it till you try it!”
  • India: Red ant chutney. This spicy condiment is made with a ground mix of red ants and their eggs, tomatoes, coriander, garlic, ginger, and chili.
  • Japan: Shirako. "In Japan we eat shirako aka cod sperm sacs. They're cooked raw, boiled, steamed, and all sorts of other ways. You name it, it's been done."
  • Russia: Kholodets. It’s a meat jelly, “usually made of pork bones and pork meat.”
  • Peru: Cuy asado. Roasted guinea pig is saved for special occasions in Peru.
  • Norway: Smalahove. This is basically a cooked sheep’s head. “The most delicious part, according to those who eat it, is the eye.”