Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The world's wildest delicacies

Joe Staton, formerly of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard, spent an unhealthily long time studying whether everything really does taste of chicken. He concluded that taste is, in large part, to do with the evolutionary origin of an animal. So, birds all taste like chicken, and so does crocodile, since dinosaurs were the ancestors of birds too. But why do tarantulas taste like chicken? And is fugu worth the risk?

Here are seven of the world’s more exotic delicacies, what they actually taste like – and where you can try, or avoid, them.

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