Three Iconic (And Delicious) Aussie Foods Land In 'Disgusting Food Museum'
Look, we get that Vegemite isn't to everyone's taste -- but is a spread of the brown salty stuff really as unappealing as a bull's penis?
Well, according to a pop-up museum in Switzerland -- creatively named Disgusting Food Museum -- yes, it is. And as it turns out, Vegemite isn't the only questionable culinary item Australia has gifted to the world.
Apparently musk sticks and witchetty grubs also landed in the museum -- which forces visitors to ponder the question "what's disgusting and what's a delicacy".
Some of the other items included in the museum include maggot-infested cheese, roasted guinea pigs and the aforementioned bull's penis.
And the people of Australia are Not Happy, Jan.
Psychologist and researcher, Samuel West, was one of the brains behind the museum and he told the ABC he was "kind of sad" the spread ended up on the table. "I love Vegemite," he said, adding that it would be a "traumatic food experience" for those who mistook it for Nutella. Indeed it would be.
The museum is also hoping to start a conversation about why some people are repelled by some foods and not by others.
Doctor West also told the New York Times that at times it can be incredibly difficult to change people's ideas about food because "disgust is hard-wired biologically". "But you still have to learn from your surroundings what you should find disgusting," he said.
The curators are hoping that by challenging people's perception of disgust -- it will help us to embrace environmentally sustainable foods for the future.
Here are some of the other mouth watering treats on offer
Bull's Penis: It's said to possess health benefits ranging from virility to skin clearing. It's popular in many Eastern cultures.
Fruit Bat: A delicacy for the people of Guam. According to the 1999 edition of The Oxford Companion to Food, the taste is similar to that of, you guessed it, chicken.
Maggot Cheese: A traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese that contains live insect larvae. It also apparently tastes just like chicken ... just kidding, it tastes like cheese only a little crunchier.
Century Eggs: These are regularly enjoyed in many Asian households and no, they're not actually 100 years old. They're usually made with duck eggs which have been preserved in a wild mix of clay, ash and salt for several months.
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