When traveling Europe you will find a wide variety of foods, be able to sample the best pasta in the world, the freshest baguettes and the sweetest eastern European treats. foodies bucket list
Many people travel to Europe, even by River Cruises In Europe, simply for the reason to eat and indulge in all the different types of food that can be found across the continent.
But truth be told that while many food sensations derive from Europe, you can also find a lot of weird foods that makes you wonder what the heck they were thinking when they came up with it, foods that are still today loved by the locals.
Weird Foods From Around Europe
So next time you look for some Europe home rentals, have a look at the local cuisine and see what you can expect to find on the menus in the country you plan to visit.
Rotten Herring – Sweden
Scandinavia has come up with some foods that only those without a sense of smell could even consider tasting. The fermented herring, is one of them.
It is exactly what the name reveals: rotten fish, preserved in a can that has so much gas in it that it actually swells up into a little ball before it’s opened.
It was only a few years ago that they got rid of a law that only allowed the dish to be enjoyed during a special time in the year.
The fish smells so strong that when a house has fermented herring for dinner, the whole neighborhood get the disgusting smell in their own homes.
So even if there is no longer a law, people tend to respect each other and still only eat this meal on the third Thursday in August.
Buried Shark – Iceland
Hákarl is the name of this very weird dish, and is often described as “buried shark”.
This dish, which is an Icelandic delicacy, is served during the Icelandic mid winter festival Thorrablot. It’s usually consumed together with a shot of “brennvin” (really strong alcohol) and as many people describe it as the vilest thing they have ever tasted you could see why they want to drown the taste in alcohol!
But it’s not the taste which makes this such a crazy meal, but what it actually is: shark meat that has been buried under ground to decay and rot for months, only to be dug out and then hung out to dry for another couple of weeks.
Deep Fried Mars Bar – Scotland
Today these greasy treats can be found in other countries, but Scotland was the place where it was invented, and is still the place where you can find deep fried mars bars in abundance.
What simply started as a fun thing between the local kids and the chip shop Stonehaven, has now become a global cultural and gastronomic phenomenon.
I have to say that it really doesn’t taste as bad as it sounds – but it is just as fatty..!
Maggot Cheese – Italy
I’m sure you’ve all tried moldy cheese before, and many agree that it tastes surprisingly nice. Well, in Sardinia they have taken fermented cheese to another level.
Casu marzu is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese – containing live insect larvae…
The larvae, which are translucent white worms about 0.3 inches long, are introduced to the cheese to bring an advanced level of fermentation to break down the cheese’s fats. The cheese becomes very soft with liquids seeping out.
When disturbed these worms can jump up to 6 inches up in the air. Some people clear the larvae from the cheese before eating it, while others don’t…
The Meat and Beer Sandwich – Portugal
Out of all the foods above, this one is probably the most likely to give you a heart attack. Originally from Porto, the francesinha sandwich is a success among beer and meat lovers as it combines the “best of both worlds.”
Between the two bread slices are wet-cured ham, linguica (Portuguese pork sausage), fresh sausage, and steak or roast meat. The whole thing is covered with a thick layer of melted cheese and drenched in a hot tomato and beer sauce, served with french fries.
I guess you can imagine what that would taste like!