When you're an adventurous eater, it's inevitable that you'll encounter some less-than-appetizing foods -- whether you're attempting to be polite by trying a regional specialty or are just trying to take your passion for food to new levels, not everything you try is bound to go down smoothly.
We asked our readers, as well as our editors, about the grossest food they've ever tried -- and got some answers way more disgusting than we could've expected. Our hearts (and stomachs) go out to these eaters.
Have you tried something that completely grossed you out? Let us know in the comments!
Durian is definitely 100% deserving of its reputation. One of the most difficult to swallow things I've ever encountered. Even if you are expecting a fruit to taste foul, you are never expecting it to taste like runny cheese and dead feet. – Rebecca Orchant, Associate Editor, HuffPost Taste
I tried this horrible foul (and maybe discontinued) mint called Sen-Sen when I was five. It tasted like soap and to this day, 23 years later, I'm still traumatized by the flavor.– Carly Schwartz, Deputy National Editor, HuffPost
My dad went on a business trip to China, and the server set a giant bowl of live prawns, swimming in alcohol, at the center of the table. My dad and his business partners were a little wary, but figured it'd be rude not to eat it, so they dug in and ate all of the live, vodka-soaked prawns. A few minutes later, the waiter came back to the table with a torch, ready to light the prawns on fire and cook them -- but the bowl was empty. Doh.– Kristen Aiken, Senior Editor, HuffPost Taste
I was given some chocolate pasta last week. It was this close to ruining both chocolate and pasta for me forever, which would have pretty much ruined my life. So basically chocolate pasta nearly ruined my life.– Carey Polis, Editor, HuffPost Food
Goat brains in mayonnaise .. almost fainted!– Kathryn Benoza, via Facebook
Steamed chicken eggs with an embryo inside; it's popular among certain Asian populations. Didn't know it was gross at the time, I ate what my mother fed me. Also have never cared for fried cow brains or sweetbreads; I remember as a kid that I thought they had an aftertaste that mades me want to rinse out my mouth.– Sun Lee, via Facebook
Gammelost...Norwegian cheese, tastes like some sort of building compound, ie has no trace of foodness about it, even made my garden wildcats throw up and they can digest anything...– Paul Nashman, via Facebook
Balut in the Philippines.– Gary M. Paylo, via Facebook
Vegemite!– Stacey Stewart, via Facebook
Blood sausage .– Patricia Rosen, via Facebook
Raw fish straight off the hook near Bimini .... Just can't do it!– Shawn Caraker Paulus, via Facebook
Uni. Sea urchin. I swear it got bigger as I tried to swallow it.– Corin Basilion, via Facebook
A soup containing fish stomachs and sea cucumbers– Jeff Maisonneuve, via Facebook
Pickled beef tongue, you have to be some kind of creep to eat that garbage.– Ivan Goldberg, via Facebook
A very bitter yucky vegetable in Trinidad called Karaile in America it's called bitter melon. *gags– Danielle M-L G Bartlett, via Facebook
Vienna sausage, but I'm not sure that it is actually a "food". If not, then grill baby octopus that weren't cleaned - thanks, Sardinia, for making me look brave in the company of several colleagues. I made it about 2/3 of the way through a plate of TWO of them before giving up.– Beckie Tempel, via Facebook
Fellow eaters, we saw some mightily gross food this year. Pretty dang disgusting. We ran the gamut from merely disturbing to vomitous through the past 12 months, and I hope you're not eating right now.