Certainly the human risk, try the unknown and challenge our luck we love: is buying a lottery ticket, doing extreme sports, get on a roller coaster or – as our ancestors – try new foods. Sometimes something as simple as eating can cause a motorcycle shot, because on many occasions our health and our lives depend on the qualities of a chef de cuisine.
And, although not think about it often, so: not only depends on its treatment of the product, also of the storage conditions and – in some cases – reflexes food may have after his death.
Below we show you 10 dishes from around the world that you can give that boost of adrenaline, even one more strong that get on a roller coaster. It is that some of them are, literally, to die for.
The fish Fugu balloon
This is playing at the edge of a knife: this tender fish is a tasty Japanese delicacy that contains a deadly poison called Tetrodotoxin, for which there is no antidote. This substance is in its skin, ovaries, gonads and liver.
All the chefs who prepare it must be specially qualified to do so. The training to be able to work around its hazardous bodies takes a minimum of three years, and the preparation of this fish is strictly controlled by the Japanese law. For example, since 1984, has been banned serve the liver, which is the most poisonous and tastiest fish.
It is a delicacy, but you may also consider a cruelty. This meal is consumed in some tribes of Asia and Africa, although it is a tradition that is becoming increasingly more doomed: in China, serving Monkey Brains punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Eating this type of dish you are contracting the disease of Creutzfeldt-Jakob, which can cause severe damage in the brain, or even death.
The consumption of this delicious Walnut originating in Brazil is quite expanded, so can that be surprised with this news. The issue with them is that never you should eat them raw.
In fact, those raw cashew nuts that we see on the shelves of supermarkets, in fact have been steamed to remove the urushiol, a chemical also found in poison ivy. Urushiol levels found at these cashews may be fatal. In the photo above you can see them as they come out of the tree.
This dish, a speciality of Iceland, is actually made with shark Greenland, which has no kidney or urinary tract. Therefore all the toxins from your body are absorbed directly into the skin. For this reason, the Hákarl is cured with a special fermentation process, and then allowed hung to dry for 5 to 6 months.
Then, served with rye bread. Some people complain of not having good taste, so I don’t know if I’m very sure to assume the risk that may involve to try it.
Pangium edule (or “football fruit”)
This sweet and aromatic fruit is native to Southeast Asia and requires complicated preparation which poison containing – deadly hydrogen cyanide – reach your body.
The recipe is as follows: boil the seeds without their shells, bury them in leaves of banana and ash for 40 days and ready! Pretty simple, I think. Although if you want to avoid a risk, better stay away from it, but you will miss your good quantity of iron and vitamin C.
Sannakji (live Octopus)
A popular dish in Korea of the South and Japan that is not for the faint of heart and conviction, because it involves swallow safely, something that is still moving.
The danger of this dish is that Octopus suction cups have its power grip intact, even if the animal already died. This results in about 6 deaths by suffocation a year. If you want to avoid it, because you have to chew carefully or ask that they bring in small pieces.
This clam cultivated in Southeast Asia gets its name due to the Red fluid of hemoglobin that is found in their soft tissues. Eating them is very dangerous because these species live in little oxygenated environments and need to feed on viruses and bacteria – such as hepatitis A, hepatitis E, typhoid and dysentery – in order to survive.
The traditional method of Shanghai to cook these clams only involves fast boiling, so pathogenic organisms that crustaceans have inside end up surviving. This causes a high rate of infection among its consumers, which is unfortunate because it is well known that they are deliciously crunchy and taste fine.
Cassava or manioc
This plant native to South America is a popular food in developing countries because of their high amount of nutrients and starch. It is also grown in some tropical regions.
But if eaten raw, cassava can produce cyanide, a deadly substance for humans. To make sure you remove it you should boil it, make it pure, Broil it bake it, fry it or steaming it. In addition, if you’re allergic to the latex rubber, it is possible to be allergic to cassava also.
A delicious look like these berries, but your dark side is really impressive: its leaves, seeds and twigs contain cyanide, so you must remove them and eat them only when they are fully ripe and cooked properly.
If you do not, the consequences will not be fun: you can have severe diarrhea and seizures. Looking at its positive side, these berries help fight viruses such as influenza and reduce inflammation.
This strange and mysterious fruit can cause vomiting of Jamaica, which can be lethal disease. The irony comes now: ackee is the National fruit of Jamaica.
To be able to eat this dish originating in West Africa you must remove the black seeds and eat it fully matures. Avoid toxins Hypoglycin A and hypoglycin B, causing the terrible disease.
Quizás esta lista te mantenga alejado de estos alimentos o te aliente a probarlos. En cualquier caso, esta información te será útil para saber cómo manejarlos y a tener precaución. Esperamos no haberte asustado demasiado.