When I think about it, there have been quite a few odd things I've eaten in my life. So, this thread is about listing and perhaps describing all the odd things you've eaten. Anyone can link a youtube of those jumping maggots in a block of cheese, but i'm only interested in foods you, and perhaps people you know have eaten.
1. Blood pudding. More unusual nowadays, blood (black) pudding is made from the blood and other body parts of various animals, usually pig. Blood pudding tastes like.....blood mixed with chewy bits of offal. strangely enough, to me it's a very manly and tasty snack, in particular on bread. it's like a soft boiled sausage with lots of spices and odd bits, like a cheap normal meat sausage or pie. My girlfriend hates it when I eat it.
2. Brawn is a kind of meat slice made from the head of a pig or cow. it's a kind of meat slice which is made of chunks of head meat and stuck together with meat jelly. it's a mild cool meat and tastes lovely on sandwiches as a replacement for boring things like ham or beef.
3. Kangaroo is sold in the meat section of our supermarkets. It's really cheap, because most people (same problem as deer) don't want to accidently eat something like cute old skippy. Kangaroo meat is very low fat, has a dark colour and tastes like a bland beef/lamb mix. I could not work out why I didn't like the smell until I realised that it smelt like Dog food; because a lot of dog food over here is made from cheap "roo" meat.
4. Boar, I've eaten boar that my relatives and I hunted in new zealand when I was young. Boar is a very gamey meat, but also very chewy and gristley.
There are certain toxic berries that wild pigs like to eat to get high, and when they are partially digested the toxins are neutralised by the stomach acids. The berries are cooked in the pig and taste delicious, like a kind of super cranberry sauce.
5. Sea urchin. Disgusting. While my relatives loved it, I would describe it as a cross between large amounts of chilled snot and ear wax. vile and unpleasant.
6. Dried shark. One of those stupid tests of manhood your relatives put you through. It is a Maori delicacy to eat dried shark. You prepare it thus: kill a shark, hang it in your garage shed for a few weeks until it turns to a consistancy similar to the skin on your heel, and then cut bits off of it to give to stupid relatives. I had a profound form of food poisoning after that, but at least I didn't run away screaming like a little girl. These things count.
7. Wichety grub. An Australian Aboriginal delicacy. Akin to a garden grub, these taste like a cross between peanut butter and bug.
8. Tripe. The cleaned intestines of an animal, usually cooked with some kind of milk based gravy. Like eating the chewy outside of a sausage x1000. I had the misfortune as a child to eat tripe for school breakfast one day, and the microwave had failed to heat in properly. BLEAH.
9. My parents used to occasionally cook tougue. It is a cow tongue (including the gunk you get on your toungue) which you boil and then cut into slices. It is not so bad since it tastes like chewy corned beef, but when you cook it it IS A BIG TONGUE.
10. Pipis. When I was young, whenever we used to go on holidays, we always caught pipis with our feet on the beach. You walk to the part where the water is coming in, put your feet down and wriggle as the tide goes out. if you pick a good spot, there's lots of little shellfish in the wet sand called pippis. We used to boil them with the hotel kettle and eat them with bread and butter. They were lovely (if you like shellfish) but alas, it would not be a good idea to catch them anymore, as most beaches are now tainted by sewerage outflow.
11. Vegemite. Since many non Australians read this, I shall describe it. if you have cooked roast beef in a fatty roasting dish, you may have had the chance to taste the meaty goo at the bottom. Vegemite it very much like that in flavour. It is made from brewing byproducts. It is very salty. The problem I feel is that foreigners simply take a big spoon of it and then gag. The key to tasting vegemite is to brush a modest amount onto a slice of plain buttered bread or toast (toast preferably). Some advanced types use it as a super meat flavour enhancer, but if you use too much it just tastes like some fool smothered a perfectly good roast in vegemite.
Grandpa bonus round:
One of my grandpas used to love something called "rotten corn". You tie string to cobs of corn and submerge them in a running stream. The corn rots, but since it is submerged, it is somewhat protected. When it was ready, he used to boil it in a special pot he set aside for the purpose. It was said to be so VILE a smell, that the other farms in the area would gag as it wafted into their houses. The pot was unusable for any other purpose, but he loved the taste.
MY other grandpa loved something called "Bird on the wire".
Shoot a bird. Tie it's legs together with string. Hang it on a fence. When it is so rotten that it falls off, you take it home and cook it. He claimed it was a great way to tenderise the meat.