Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: The Strangest Things I’ve Eaten

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A dragon fruit cut in half to show its white meat and seedsThis question is a little subjective since foods that are common in one culture may be unheard of in another, but it’s still a fun topic to discuss!

If you also grew up in a family of fishers and hunters or in a rural area, some of the meat on list might seem pretty ordinary.

The rest of them I’ve tried on vacations or by picking up random pieces of produce at the grocery store and wondering if I’d like them!

The strangest foods I’ve eaten include:

  • Turtle
  • Venison
  • Elk
  • Oxtail
  • Chicken hearts and livers
  • Frog
  • Gooseberries
  • Lychee
  • Dragon fruit
  • Pomegranate

I was not a big fan of the lychee, frog, or pomegranates, but I enjoyed the rest of them.

But by far the strangest thing I’ve ever eaten is grass. When I was a child, I couldn’t figure out why cows ate grass but humans didn’t eat it. It seemed to me that a calorie was a calorie no matter where it came from. I loved lettuce, so I assumed grass would taste just as good.

Spoiler alert: it wasn’t tasty. There was very little flavour to it at all, but the stringy texture of it convinced me that while cows might like grass, this human does not. 😉



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19 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: The Strangest Things I’ve Eaten

  1. verushka

    Lychees are the best! They are such a treat in Summer in Australia and ridiculously expensive to boot! Also, I’m a fan of chicken livers — grew up eating it in south africa, stopped eating it and now I’m re-discovering why i like it so!

  2. I never thought about eating grass, but I see where you’d think if you like lettuce it might be similar. We grew up with cows, too, so I’m surprised I didn’t come up with this association, too. Good one!

  3. Good to know about grass. I love poms. Interesting list of items. Thanks for sharing. Here’s mine.

  4. Only thing here that really leaps out is oxtail. That’s definitely not part of a cow I’ve tried!

    I think the strangest thing I’ve eaten would be fried chicken feet, or pickled pigs’ feet. The former was introduced to me by a Vietnamese friend; the later is popular in the south. I think it’s mostly an excuse to eat salt and fat at the same time. 😉 Good, but very messy.

  5. Wife and daughter eat chicken livers whenever we go to Cracker Barrel. About the only place that still serves them. I get a pomegranate every once in awhile, but they are a pain to get so little juice and spit out the pit.

  6. Gooseberries and pomegranate are so good! Dragon fruit looks really pretty, but I haven’t tried it yet. I tried lychee such a long time ago, I forget whether I liked it or not.

  7. I’ve had quite a few of these – I love gooseberries in particular. Didn’t like chicken hearts, though. A local Brazilian place serves them and I tried, but the texture was rubbery.

  8. Haha I could not imagine grass tasting that good. Although I do remember sprouting some grass from wheat seeds once and they tasted quite nice.

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