10 Gross Foods: Better Starving Than Trying

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Its strong odor, durian is a tropical fruit with a divisive taste and smell that some find unpleasant.


A fertilized duck egg that is boiled and eaten with the partially developed embryo inside, balut can be off-putting to those unfamiliar with this delicacy.


Fermented herring from Sweden, surströmming has a pungent smell that many consider overwhelming.


A traditional Japanese dish made from fermented soybeans, natto has a sticky texture and a strong, distinctive flavor that not everyone appreciates.

Casu Marzu

This Sardinian cheese contains live insect larvae, which can be off-putting for many individuals.


A traditional Icelandic dish, hákarl consists of fermented shark meat that has a strong ammonia smell and a unique taste.

Century Egg

Hundred-year-old egg, a Chinese delicacy, is made by preserving eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls, resulting in a strong and acquired taste.


A popular spread in Australia, Vegemite is made from yeast extract and has a strong, salty flavor that some people find overwhelming.

Black Licorice

While loved by some, black licorice has a distinct anise flavor that many find unappealing or even repulsive.

Stinky Tofu

Common in East Asian cuisine, stinky tofu is fermented tofu with a strong odor that can be off-putting to those not accustomed to it.

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