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I Wouldn't Eat It

I have eaten some very strange things, sometimes knowingly and sometimes unknowingly. I must have consumed at least a hundred fruits and vegetables I do not know the name of. Testicles, tongues and tripes are all tasty when properly prepared. Balut was a hurdle to climb but I found I liked it. Living ants and their eggs, young bees and jumping shrimps have all passed my lips to pleasant surprise (well to me anyway). Locusts, rats, crickets, jellyfish, bugs and beetles, small crunchy tasty frogs, I have munched on them all. The idea of consuming a carnivore somehow does not appeal though I have eaten one or two. On point of principle I don’t eat endangered species. There are few enough of them already and my work is in part to preserve them.

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Horse Semen on the Menu

The very idea of swallowing Horse Semen make me gag and yet this is planned to be on sale at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival in New Zealand this 12th March. It is not that I am unadventurous in my diet but there are some things I would not entertain passing my lips and this is one of them.


I don’t care if it is an Aphrodisiac or how hygienically prepared or flavoured it is. Horse Semen to me is on a par with Camel phlegm, which I have accidentally consumed. The collection of the Horse Semen is done by using an artificial mare vagina and safely stored prior to preparation.

The Horse Semen will be on sale at $10 a shot and as well as an unflavoured, for the very brave, will also come in banoffee pie, liquorice and cherry flavours all washed down with an energy drink shot called “Power Horse”. It will be served up by waitresses carrying riding crops.

The claim is that the product is cholesterol free and pure testosterone may be a selling point for some but does nothing to persuade me.


How About You?


Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on March 05, 2011:

mulberry1 - It is all about personal choice. I have often wondered about insects being a valuable source of protein for vegetarians. After all, they are not meat, are they?

Christine Mulberry on March 04, 2011:

I hate to be such a "stick in the mud", but when it comes to what I put in my mouth I've very...well, discriminating. I won't even eat insects and that's pretty tame compared to a lot of this stuff.

Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on February 22, 2011:

Pente - Pleased to be of help ;-)

Pente from Planet Earth on February 22, 2011:

Thank you for your hub. Anytime that I feel like going off my diet, I will just read this article again. That should keep me from eating for another day or two!

Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on February 20, 2011:

tmbridgeland - You are an adventerous eater. I wonder what the connection is with North Florida and Northern England because pickled eggs and pig's feet (trotters) are favourites there.

I have also eaten eggs boiled in sulphur springs. Mine were tasty though.

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I have yet to eat an armadillo.

Thanks for commenting.

tmbridgeland from Small Town, Illinois on February 20, 2011:

Ate pigs ears several times. Got worse instead of better! Chicken feet were just too gross, claws still attached. Whale was tough, and tasted like fish oil. The blubber was crunchy.

The raw horse was good, a lot like beef. In Central America I was given a berry that tasted like vomit. Just like vomit. The locals loved it.

In North Florida I ate pickled eggs and pig's feet. Didn't like either. In Japan had eggs cooked in volcanic sulpher springs. Stains them black and they taste like matches.

I can eat just about anything, but sometimes I just don't want to. Best weird food I ever had was armadillo. Man that stuff was delicious!

Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on February 20, 2011:

tmbridgeland - Chicken feet are a bit gristly but pigs ears are fine. I think you have to try every food at least twice. Neither of those I liked first time round.

Russell-D - I don't think semen will ever be on my menu. Reading about it I did a bit of research and found out a lot more about the stuff so wrote a hub on that. Taken down by hubpages already in spite of practically everything in it came from daily newspapers....and the majority from the Bible

Russell-D from Southern Ca. on February 20, 2011:

Peter -- my hub Food Disgusting Today, Tomorrow’s Delicacy? sort of fits the mood of your hub, except Semen was not on the menu. David Russell

tmbridgeland from Small Town, Illinois on February 20, 2011:

That's a good list. I have eaten, whale, armadillo, snake blood, raw horse meat, cow udder, testicles and a few other somewhat odd things.

For some reason the thing that grossed me out the most, was pig's ear. Chicken feet were tough too.

Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on February 20, 2011:

Hello, hello, - Not so much bravery as curiosity and to try something new every day....well most days. Thanks for commenting.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on February 20, 2011:

Gosh, you are brave, Peter. I would follow these menues,not evenhalf of them. To be honest - none at all.

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