I've eaten some weird stuff in my time.

When I used to work in kitchens almost exclusively, back in the day, I would often seek out weird foods that sounded a bit odd. Some were really tasty shad roe, a weird delicacy found on the inside of shad fish. And some were really gross, like scrambled beef blood. Imagine the texture of scrambled eggs, but the taste like liver.

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For that matter, I've tried a lot of weird jerky over the years as well. Sure, I've had bison, elk, chicken, alligator, and salmon jerky. I've even tried vegan mushroom jerky. Believe it or not, all of those were absolutely tasty in their own way. But I was recently exposed to the concept of a jerky I'd never remotely heard of, and will probably never try...

Would you ever consider trying earthworm jerky?


So, of all the diabolical culinary items this world could give birth to, why did anyone ever think that worms would be a good idea? It's possibly it's a big time delicacy in other countries, but it sounds like pure evil. I mean, I supposed I'd try it, but it doesn't sound appetizing. It sounds more like a gag gift you'd buy for someone you don't really like.

Evgenii Mitroshin
Evgenii Mitroshin

There's even a manufacturer in Rhode Island, the Newport Jerky Company, that makes it. They don't currently have it listed on their website, but there are other sites carrying it. I can't begin to imagine what it tastes like. Maybe some combination of dirt and... uuhhh... dirt? This guy is willing to fall on the worm sword. Let's see what he thinks...

His face kind of says it all, doesn't it?

I think you could probably put all the marinade on earth on those things, and do whatever it is you do to them, but it's still gonna taste like a naked meat snake that eats dirt. But hey, who am I to judge? Even if it's just a gag gift, it's crazy that someone could look at a fat, old night crawler and say, "Now that looks like good eatin'..."

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Again, I've tried lots of weird things over the years, but I'm not sure I could pull the trigger on this one. It gives me total vibes of that kid's book from the 70's, How to Eat Fried Worms. Except that poor kid had to eat a worm every day. There's no money on the line here. But still, some things should stay bait, instead of food.

Would worm jerky qualify for this list?

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