A listener called the other day promoting a local fraternal lodge's annual dinner, featuring an ethnic food that some people turn their noses up at. It got me to thinking: what's the weirdest food you've ever eaten?

Every year in December, the local Sons of Norway lodge holds a lutefisk dinner. For those that don't know, the Sons of Norway website describes it this way:

Lutefisk (dried cod treated with lye) must surely be the strangest culinary effort credited to the Norwegians, but what a treat when prepared properly. Everyone of course is not a devotee of lutefisk, but those who are defend it vehemently. Others go to the opposite extreme and claim it's a national disgrace. In years past, the homemaker had to go through the complicated task of treating the dry fish with lye, but now, even in America, frozen lutefisk is readily available at selected fish markets and at Scandinavian delicatessens.

 

I personally have never tried it, but lutefisk sounds like an acquired taste. I guess it's all a matter of what you grow up eating. I do know that a lot of people of Scandinavian heritage love the stuff.

I got to thinking about the strangest food I'd ever eaten. Sushi was something I'd never tried until a trip to Japan in 1996, even though it's a pretty mainstream American food now. I'm not an organ meat fan, although beef heart and kidney aren't bad. And while squid looks pretty strange, it tastes pretty good.

I'm no Andrew Zimmern of "Bizarre Foods," but I will try new things fairly often.

How about you? What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten?

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