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Where to eat the weirdest food on the planet

Ten of the strangest foodstuffs in the world. And where you can have your fill

Hakarl (Wiki Images)

1. Fermented shark, Iceland

With a whiff like fishy bleach, the biggest battle with consuming fermented shark (hákarl) – which is buried for up to 12 weeks, then hung for several months – is being able to stomach the smell.

2. Puffer fish, Japan

The food that fights back – Japanese puffer fish (fugu) is deadly if prepared incorrectly, first paralysing then asphyxiating the diner. Still hungry?

3. Duck embryo, South-East Asia

Balut – fertilised duck or chicken egg containing a nearly developed embryo – is boiled and eaten in the shell. Enough said.

4. Sea slugs, Korea

Pulled live from a tank, then sliced and gutted before your eyes, this is not a dish for the slime-averse.

5. Prairie oysters, USA

Known euphemistically as huevo del toro (literally, 'bulls' eggs') and 'cowboy caviar', there's no escaping what these actually are – the peeled and peppered testicles of an unfortunately emasculated bull.

6. Witchetty grubs, Australia

A popular Aboriginal snack, this pale and chubby bug should be extracted from the roots of the witchetty tree then consumed immediately – live and wriggling.

7. Roasted ants, Colombia

The perfect high-protein, low-fat snack? South America's Atta laevigata ants called bachaco, have been harvested, de-winged, roasted and eaten for centuries.

8. Fish maw, China

Yellow and puffy, with a texture like sponge, these fish flotation bladders are a popular – and surprisingly pricey – addition to many soups.

9. Fermented herring, Sweden

Surströmming unleashes an odour of pure evil when its tin is opened – even the strong-nosed Swedes generally eat it outside.

10. Grasshoppers, Mexico

Eaten by peckish locals for more than 3,000 years, toasted grasshoppers (chapulines) have a singular taste. Just try not to get the legs stuck in your teeth.

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