Would you eat this?

A recent post about a Cat Cafe got me thinking about food that others eat but that our Kiwi culture finds either offensive or downright disgusting. I was brought up to see almost everything as a possible food. My Father has eaten many different things that your average man would never taste in his life time. The only thing he could not choke down was monkey as the little hands floating in the stew looked way too human.

One thing I eat and enjoy is commonly enjoyed by Maori and Polynesians in New Zealand but I doubt that many of you have ever eaten it if you were not brought up in either of those cultures. I learned to love them because my Mum was introduced to the delicacy when she was a child by her Maori friends in Opotiki.

Kina or sea eggs are eaten raw like oysters and I only eat the yellow roe but others eat everything inside.The tea spoon you see on the grass is for scooping out the roe. Do you feel ill yet?

Spanishbride with two large Kina (sea eggs)she got while snorkelling around the rocks.

Spanishbride with two large Kina (sea eggs) she got while snorkelling around the rocks.


PHOTO: www.teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/5207/kina-roe

If you prefer your food fried not raw how about this?



Cuy Chactao – Fried Guinea Pig from Peru.


If raw seafood and fried rodent isn’t for you how about grubs or as they are more commonly known in Indonesia, Sago worms?



My Dad’s limit was monkey and this food from Asia is certainly mine. I don’t care how attractively it is presented on the plate.

Tarantulas are one of the weird foods of Asia

Tarantulas are one of the weird foods of Asia

I love to eat crab and I would eat fried insects but I draw the line at Tarantulas.

How adventurous are you? Is there anyone here who would happily try all the foods in this post?

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