Preserved Century Duck Eggs
Granted, there’s a large portion of the world who may not find this Amazon order strange at all. In China, century eggs, also called “preserved eggs” and “millennium eggs,” are a familiar, celebrated sulfurous snack found across the nation. Preserved eggs are cured and boiled for days or even months (the terms “century” and “millenium” being slight marketing exaggerations) until they ferment. After a lengthy fermenting process, eggs turn a greenish, dark brown color and emit an ammonia-y smell that earned them another appetizing nickname: “horse urine egg.” If all this sounds delicious, you can order Golden Plum Preserved Duck Eggs, vacuum-sealed and ready to eat, on Amazon right now.
Roasted Thai Zebra Tarantula
Foregin cusinie is becoming increasingly trendy in the western world, take edible insects for example. With restaurants like the Black Ant NYC in New York and Bug Appétit in Louisiana have dedicated menus to creepy crawly cuisine like ant salt guac and cricket-encrusted shrimp. Edible tarantulas themselves, even, are not unheard of — in Cambodia, garlic fried spiders are a popular snack. That said, we bet if you bust out a batch of roasted Thai zebra tarantulas at your next PTA potluck, you’re bound to get a few squeals. Thai Zebra tarantulas, one of the 850 species of tarantulas on earth, are known for being quite aggressive until they’re caught, roasted, packaged, and shipped to your door, courtesy of Amazon.
Corn smut is one of the many aliases of huitlacoche, along with “Mexican truffle,” “devil’s corn,” and simply “fungus.” Huitlacoche is both a plant disease and delicacy that has been revered since ancient Aztec times. The fungal infection looks like fluffy grey clouds and gives the corn a unique, mushroom-like flavor. To this day, in modern Mexico, corn cob with blue-black spores is worth more than a non-infected ear to many chefs. Mexican cocineros fold huitlacoche into a wide range of classic dishes, from enchiladas to quesadillas, to flan. Now, you can purchase huitlacoche on Amazon by the jar to use in your own cooking. Get creative and flip-up some huitlacoche burgers! How about shaking up some huitlacoche cocktails? Or, show up at work with some huitlacoche muffins and surprise your coworkers by telling them the secret ingredient is corn fungus after they’ve taken a bite.