There’s a museum devoted to the world’s most disgusting food.
Bull testicles, stinking toe fruit, and cheese crawling with live maggots: it’s all on display at the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmo, Sweden.
This interactive museum puts visitors face to face with a menu of 80 gag-worthy delicacies from around the world.
Guests are allowed to smell and even taste many of the dishes. In fact, the museum prints its tickets on vomit bags, just in case.
Some of the stinkier dishes featured in the museum are hakarl, a type of fermented shark from Iceland, and Surströmming, a canned fermented herring dish native to Sweden.
But they say you eat with your eyes first.
So while some of the smellier dishes may elicit an immediate gag from the museum-goers, a few of the foods are downright shocking to behold.
Some of these eye-popping curiosities include vats of wine with dozens of baby mice floating inside that’s popular in China, fruit bat soup, which is eaten in Guam, and maybe the most visually unappealing, casu marzu, a type of cheese from the Italian island of Sardinia that’s teeming with live maggots.
While all of these foods are certainly “disgusting”, the goal of the museum isn’t to shame any cultures for what they eat, but rather to expose the fact that each culture has their own bizarre and unique foods. And that what’s “disgusting” to one culture may seem totally normal to others.
The museum’s curator, Samuel West, also has a secondary motive of presenting the idea of sustainability in food. He says that by showing regional delicacies like grasshoppers and fried tarantula next to other foods it might serve to remove the stigma of insects as odd or disgusting.
What do you think? Would you like to see maggots and rotting shark on the menu? Check please!
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