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Fried Flowers & Braised Squirrel? 10 Unusual Foods To Try Before You Die

Tolani Shoneye
by Tolani Shoneye Published on 5 March 2015
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You can't spend the rest of your life eating the same old mundane meals. Be a little adventurous with your tastebuds. How else are you going to find out how good cow's stomach lining and chicken feet taste? We say, try before you judge ladies. To convince you, we've put together 10 unusual (tried and tested) foods you HAVE to try now. Go on... you might actually like it!

1. Stringy tripe

Tripe is the stomach lining of a cow, pig, sheep or ox. It has a sponge like, rubbery texture, and has a honeycomb look to it. But don’t let that put you off, it’s actually really popular around the world, and for good reason! There's a stringy quality to its layers, which surprisingly make it really enjoyable, like pulled pork!

Why not try it in a stew? Get the recipe here.

2. Ostrich Meat

As the ostrich doesn’t fly it doesn’t develop breast muscles, so the ostrich meat comes from the leg and rump of the bird making it one of the leanest meats out there. It’s also low in cholesterol, high in protein and is one of the healthiest cuts around.

It's also great in a kebab with roasted apricots! Get the recipe here.

3. Chicken Feet

Eating chicken feet doesn’t sound appealing at all, we know. I mean it’s FEET after all and who wants to eat feet? But (and this is a BIG but) when seasoned right, chicken feet tastes so good, and when we say good we mean finger lickin' good! It’s also high in collagen, which is great if you want beautiful plump skin. That was enough reason for us to give it a go - will you?

Try it dim sum style. We love a Japanese. Get the recipe here.

4. Cockscombs

You know that red thing on top of a cocks' head, well you can eat it, and it actually pretty tasty! Cockscombs were formerly used in French cuisine as a garnish and now can be used in loads of different ways, even pudding! This should definitely be on your Food To Try List.

Try cooking it in a sweet cherry syrup. Get the recipe here.

5. Gizzard

Gizzard is an organ found in the digestive tract of a chicken, it's basically the chickens stomach. OK, it doesn’t sound great, but chicken gizzard is a delicacy in many cultures, and it provides a healthy dose of vitamins too. It also tastes great along side plantain. And what doesn't taste good with plantain?

Try it yourself. Here’s how to whip the recipe up.

6. Frogs Legs

The French love it and we think it’s about time we jump on board too. Legend has it that the Brits were eating frogs legs 8,000 years BEFORE the French (ahem, copy cats). Whoever found it first found a good thing, as this delicacy is the perfect medium between chicken and fish in taste and texture.

Try them fried and find out what all the fuss is all about. You won't be disappointed! Here’s the recipe.

7. Quail's egg

Quail eggs' speckled appearance makes it easy to identify, it’s also a lot smaller than the chicken eggs we're used to eating. Why should you try quails eggs you say? Well it’s a healthier alternative to chicken eggs for one and it contains the good cholesterol that helps keep our hearts healthy. It’s also known to be great brain food too so when eaten regularly they could even help improve memory and concentration. Ladies, get eating now!

Get the recipe.

8. Squirrel

You heard Jamie Oliver, these little buggers are ruining our trees, so you will actually be doing your bit for the environment by having them for dinner. Yes, it might be a vermin, but squirrels are surprisingly delicious, and they are cheap and ethical too. What do you say?

Try this braised squirrel recipe, and you are sure to be hooked.

9. Oxtail

Oxtail is the tail of an ox (male cow) or a cow. Back in the day, it was just the tail of an Ox - hence the name. But times have changed and apparently equal rights reached the animal kingdom too so you can now eat cow tail as well. Oxtail is not unusual for all, it's very common in Italian, Korean and Caribbean cuisines so this one may be a good one to start with. It's best served slow cooked, and its bony and fatty texture makes it the perfect meat for braising.

We love it in a stew. Get the recipe.

10. Fried Flowers

Yes you read it correctly, fried flowers. Lets face it, everything tastes better fried. Zucchini blossoms are great for frying and they're super healthy. It makes a beautiful appetiser if you want to impress your guests.

Try them for yourself here.

Will you be trying any of this? Tweet us @SofeminineUK

This article was written by Tolani Shoneye. Tweet her @tolly_t

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