Who looked at a nest full of angry stinging little demons and thought “they’re hiding something delicious in there, I know it?”
12. Century eggs.
Take duck eggs. Wrap them in hay and mud and ashes (legend has it horse urine used to be used too because it’s alkaline). Wait a few weeks/months. Break them open whereupon they are grey and jellylike and pungent smelling slightly of ammonia. Boil and eat.
I love them, but I really have to wonder who thought that eating them was a good idea in the first place. Or perhaps, how hungry they were that eating them seemed like a good idea.
13. Saffron, who figured out that the stamen from a specific crocus flower, when picked and dried then steeped in warm liquids was going to be delicious?
How could someone think to eat something that looks like it came out of a bull’s nose?
15. Swallow’s spit nests.
16. Bread, like how?
17. Geoduck. Squirts salty liquid at you when you touch it.
500 Whole Auks (small bird) stuffed into a seal skin made airtight with the seals fat then left outside under rocks for 3 months.. mostly eaten on birthdays or at weddings.
Who the hell did this and thought “This will be a tasty snack in a few months.”
It’s polite to eat it outside and it’s considered good when it makes your eyes sting. It’s never cooked and you just pull a bird out and start chowing down.
Who looked at those eldritch bottom feeding horrors and thought, they’d go nicely with a flesh pink sauce. No thanks, pal. No thanks.
I understand it’s man-made and all but how did they smell it and think “This’ll be great on toast!”?
21. Onions! How can someone cut into something and with tears streaming down their face and eyes stinging, think “yep I bet this is safe to eat!”
22. Just… snails.
23. Whoever thought “there must be some edible part of this poisonous fugu fish and I’m going to find it” was a madman.
The leaves are poisonous, but the stalk is delicious.
25. Lobster and crab.
Who first looked at crustaceans and thought “That hard-shelled thing with the sharp spines and claws is probably delicious”?