Eggs, well chicken eggs to be precise, are delicious and a great source of protein. Eggs in general very versatile animal products that can be whipped up in many different ways—scrambled, boiled, sunny-side up, omelet, you name it. Though, in many countries, chickens aren’t the only go-to option for eggs—other animals are fair game too. From the creatures of the ocean to tiny hard-working insects, here are some of the weirdest but still edible eggs you’ll ever come across.
Crocodiles are top-tier apex predators. Humans often hunt them for their skin but their eggs—and meat—are in high demand in certain countries like Jamaica, Australia and the Philippines. After the eggs are plucked from the nests, they are thoroughly washed to get rid of any lingering fungi then cooked by themselves or as part of other dishes. In the Philippines, crocodile eggs are commonly turned into ice cream which is described as having a slightly fishy taste when compared to regular ones. It can also be mixed with fruits and other flavors.
In Mexico, ant eggs are known as “escamole” and they come in a variety of sizes, depending on the region they’re from. They have been a delicacy among the locals since the time of the Aztecs and their eggs have a bit of a nutty flavor to them. They go well with spices, tacos and omelets. The red ants from Thailand are larger and so are their eggs, which are said to have a slightly sour taste. They are frequently used in salads, cooked in omelets, eaten on their own or made into a curry.
Despite sharks being at the top of the food chain, humans have no qualms about hunting them for food. And it’s a huge bonus if you happen to find a female shark with unfertilized eggs. For some people it’s a real treat! Shark eggs are large and just like chicken eggs, they can be cooked in so many different ways including boiling, frying, omelets, baked, grounded or dried. Shark eggs were so popular in the Maldives that restrictions had to be placed on shark fishing due the rapidly depleting populations.
Sure, many people eat octopus. But did you know that their eggs, also known as roe, are also on the menu as well? If the octopus is cooked whole, then the eggs will be left inside its body then eaten along with the octopus itself. In some countries, such as Japan, the eggs will be removed and used as a topping for sushi. Cooked octopus eggs have a texture that’s similar to rice with a sweet and nutty taste. Sometimes the entire egg sac is removed and sold so that the eggs can be prepared and served raw.
Snail eggs, or caviar, is one of the most sought out delicacies in the world and can cost around €80, or roughly $90 for a 50-gram or 1.8-ounce jar. The texture is said to be slimy (no surprise there) and the taste is like a cross between mushrooms and grass. Caviar in France is often whipped up together with a secret recipe that gives it a smokier, herby flavor and then eaten with toast. The craze for caviar is nothing new and goes all the way back to Roman times where it was a favorite among the upper class.
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