Suppose you were offered seaweed, snails, or frozen fish eyes. Would you turn up your nose in disgust? Or would you say, “Yes, please!”?
Food usually comes from plants or animals in this world. Some types of plants and animals do well in cold cities. Other types thrive only in rain forests. What people eat often depends on the plants and animals that are near them.
In Japan, seaweed is an important vegetable. It is part of many meals. In Wales, seaweed is cooked with oatmeal and eaten with bacon. Maybe you eat seaweed. Some jelly-like stuff that comes from seaweed is used in many ice creams and jellies.
Snails baked in garlic and butter is a famous meal from France. It’s called escargot. Sea urchins – raw – are also popular there. Many Inuit like to eat frozen fish eyes.
Do you want ants? Honeypot ants drink a sugary liquid from plants called honeydew. They drink so much of it that they look like little walking honeypots. In Australia and Mexico, people pop the sweet insects into their mouths or spread them on toast.
Australian Aborigines like witchetty grubs, the larvae of beetles and moths.
Bird’s-nest soup is a special Chinese dish. It is made from the nests together, the birds use their saliva. This makes the soup chewy!
In West Africa, where people eat few cooked desserts, a favourite treat is sugar cane! Children simply chew a piece of the plant, which grows in West African forests.
Certain foods may seem strange to you simply because you have not learned to eat them. But people around the world eat – and like – many different kinds of food.
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