Thursday, 20 September 2012

A guide to 10 of the world`s deadliest delicacies

Some travellers seek adventure by bungee-jumping off bridges or scaling mountains, but then there are the foodie thrill seekers who are willing to taste anything, no matter what the risk.

There’s danger lurking in the cuisines of many popular travel destinations, but these ‘deadly foods’ are often considered a delicacy by locals. Eating these delicacies can cause anything from vomiting and seizures to death, but travellers are queuing up to try these foods for fun and in the spirit of adventure.
Also known as the pufferfish or blowfish, fugu can prove fatal and extreme care must be taken if you do decide to try this Japanese delicacy. Fugu contains tetrodotoxin, a compound which is 100 times more poisonous than cyanide. This toxin can cause paralysis, which can lead to heart failure or death by asphyxiation.
There is currently no antidote available, so it’s vitally important to ensure you only ever eat fugu that has been prepared by a trained fugu chef. Chefs will often leave a tiny bit of poison intact to deliver a slight numbing or tingling on the diner’s lips. Fugu can be eaten raw, fried, boiled, in miso soup or as fugu sake. The city of Shimonoseki in Japan may be the safest place to try fugu as there have never been any reported deaths from eating it there.

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