The Magical Food That Cures Many Ailments Without Side Effects

Here’s a very interesting article a facebook friend sent me a little while back that I’d like to pass on for others to potentially benefit from………………. 

Did you know that you may have the magical combination to cure many ailments in your kitchen right now? No need for harmful prescriptions drugs or over-the-counter-drugs that may have adverse interactions.
Take advantage of some helpful tips & information I’d like to pass on to you.

What are the magical ingrdients I’m making refernece to?

Cinnamon and RAW Honey

………………………….. Just remember I emphasized the key word….. R A W  honey!

Drug companies probably wouldn’t like this one getting around.

Here are a few facts on RAW Honey and Cinnamon:honey-cinnamon-benefits

It is found that a mix of honey and cinnamon CURES most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey isin fact very effective medicine for many kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a major plus.

Let me break it down for you……………………….

HEART DISEASES:

Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from a heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS:

Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people that were treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS:

Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder….who knew?

CHOLESTEROL:

Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS:

Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough-type colds AND clear the sinuses too! Another small  perk – it’s delicious!!

UPSET STOMACH:

Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS:

According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM:

Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION:

Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA:

A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY:

Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Lifespans will actually increase and even it make possible that someone who may be 100 years old will start performing the chores of  someone half their age.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT:

When one’s throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES:

Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste – Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:

Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:

Once daily in the morning ,one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and then once again at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER:

Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE:

Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH:

People in South America gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS:

Taken twice daily, once in the morning and once at night, honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

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Best Immune Boosting Foods For Your Body To Fight The Flu

immunity-booster-foodsAs the cold and flu season is drawing close again, now is the time for doing all that you can to protect yourself properly. And one of the best places to start is by properly feeding your immune system so you can boost it’s power to fight off those unwanted pesky ‘bugs’ that can drag you down. This season, more than ever, with the H1N1 Virus (aka Swine Flu) promising to wreck havoc on large numbers of the world’s population, you need to give your body the best possible opportunity along with the recommended flu vaccines to be strong enough to fight off  the effects of colds and flu that will be present all around you in your everyday life.

Read on as the top immune boosting foods and nutrients will be revealed to you to incorporate into your diet to help keep you healthy.

  • Vitamin C:

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid is a water-soluable  vitamin which is essential for normal functioning of the body. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that protects against infection and enhances immunity.  Vitamin C works by increasing the production of white blood cells, which fight off infection.  It also works by increasing the production of antibodies and in particular, raises levels of interferon, the antibody that coats cell surfaces, preventing the entry of viruses.

Vitamin C  sources include citrus fruits (oranges-grapefruits), broccoli, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers (red-yellow-orange-green), strawberries, kiwi, papaya, mango and pineapple.

  • Vitamin E:

Vitamin E is important to a healthy immune system. One function of vitamin E is that it enhances the production of B-cells, the immune cells that produce antibodies that destroy bacteria. In fact, research shows that people who eat foods that are rich in vitamin E tend to have a higher immunity.

Vitamin E  rich foods are seeds, vegetable oils and grains.

  • Beta-carotene:

Beta Carotene enhances the functioning of your immune system.  Beta Carotene works by increasing the number of infection fighting cells, natural killer cells and helper T cells. To enhance the availability of the beta-carotene in these foods, they should be eaten raw or lightly steamed.  Getting the recommended 5-10 servings a day of fruits and vegetables will provide you with about 3-6 milligrams of beta-carotene.

Foods rich in beta-carotene include sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, turnip greens, winter squash, collard greens, cilantro and fresh thyme.

  • Zinc:

Zinc helps to prevent a weakened immune system. Studies have shown that a zinc deficiency can impair a number of white blood cells and platelets (blood cells involved in clotting), and can increase susceptibility to infection.  Excessive zinc intake, however, may impair immunity and increase infections.

Get an adequate amount of zinc in your diet by eating zinc rich foods such as oysters, liver, lean beef, pork, turkey, lamb, lentils, pumpkin and sesame seeds, garbanzo beans and yogurt.

  • Garlic:

Garlic is known for its cold-fighting abilities.  It increases the potency of two important cells of the immune system: T-lymphocytes and macrophages.  The immune-boosting properties of garlic appear to be due to its sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin and sulfides.

You can eat it raw or cooked – so start adding it to your favorite foods today!

  • Omega-3 fats:

The all important omega-3 fats are essential immune boosters, as they work by increasing the activity of phagocytes, the white blood cells that eat up bacteria. These fats also help strengthen cell membranes, thereby speeding up healing and strengthening resistance to infection in the body.  To boost omega-3 in your diet, try adding ground flax-seed to yogurt, baked goods, cereals or smoothies or use unrefined, cold-pressed flax seed oil as a salad dressing.

Omega-3 fats can be found in foods such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna), flax oil and flax-seeds, omega-3 eggs, nuts and seeds.

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Immune Drainers ~~~

Some foods or unhealthy lifestyle behaviors can make a person more susceptible to colds and flu.  Avoid high-fat, high-sugar junk foods, as they can decrease the activity of the immune system.  It’s also best to avoid too much caffeine (soda, coffee, tea, chocolate) as caffeine can undermine your body’s immune system and act as a diuretic, which will deplete your body of water. Also — DON’T SMOKE! —  Smoking can impair your resistance as well as injure the respiratory tract, which makes you more susceptible to the flu.

As a reminder…..

Fatty and oily foods can interfere with immunity. It affects the white blood cells directly and reduces the immune strength.

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Limit your intake of high proteins, high fat diet, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, sweet foods to avoid weakening your immune system.

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Bizarre Culinary Choices From Around The Globe

Bizarre Culinary Choices From Around The Globe

Here you will find a small sampling of bizarre or odd things that people eat from around the world. Now every culture tends to invent or savor food that is weird or disgusting – but only to those ‘outsiders’ from other parts of the globe. Many of these culinary delights are very normal to the locals and probably have been passed down from generation to generation. However, most of us here in America, as well as Canada and Great Britain, consider these strange foods as abnormal or disgusting and give many of us a ‘gag-reflex’ to even look at them, let alone to see or smell them up close. If you’re weak-of-heart or easily upset, you may not want to view the pictures below – You have been warned!

Ortolan Bunting

ortolan-buntingOnly 16 centimeters in length, this pretty songbird has a striking yellow body with a greenish-gray head. The Ortolan has a special mention in Larousse Gastromonique, the world famous French food gospel. Though it is illegal to sell these little birdies, it isn’t against the law to relish them. Traditionally the bird is caught and kept in a cage for about four days, where it is overfed to make it three times its size. After stuffing it to the brim, the Ortolan is drowned in cognac and roasted to make it crunchy.

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Sugar Ants and Kangaroo Tail

sugar-antThe home of the Great Barrier Reef, great surfing and snorkeling, the home of Koala Bears and Kangaroos – That is what comes to mind when thinking of the land down-under, Australia. But did you know that Australians absolutely delight to gulping down sugar ants and kangaroo tails? Known to taste like sugary candies, these ants are often eaten during special occasions in Aussie land. A recent report by Greenpeace suggested that eating kangaroo meat will help Australia in controlling its carbon footprint. In addition, it is considered to be a delicious ‘superfood’. Now all you need to do is muster up some courage…

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Canned Monkey Meat

monkey-meatJudging by the evolution theory (if that is your belief), eating our ancestors may not sound like the best idea. But that doesn’t stop Africans from having canned monkey meat every now and then. Some eateries in Africa, also dish out smoked monkey meat in various sauces; tomato sauce, peanut sauce, etc. Take your pick – Mmmmmm!

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Calf Brains

calf-brainsIf you thought kangaroo’s tail was weird – this one will blow your mind! Savored in France and Mexico, baby cow brains  (aka calf brains) can be labeled a very controversial dish. A lot of locals refrain from trying it out because they fear getting the infamous “Mad Cow Disease”.

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Horse Meat

horse-meat-packagedIf you happen to be a horse-lover or if riding a galloping horse is one of your favorite hobbies, then you probably are not going to like this one. Horse meat is actually lean and delicious. Served all over Europe, this one definitely gets thumbs up.

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Here are a few more images from around the world…..

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Still craving more?

Here’s another post to check out with more tasty  bites –

10 Most Unusual Foods In The World For Adventurous Appetites

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Freaky Fried Fair Foods

It seems lately that food creations are only limited by one’s own imagination and creativity. Consider this – Is there anyone out there that hasn’t either marveled or shuddered over accounts of deep-fried Twinkies? or Deep-fried Snickers? or Deep-fried bacon?

Well, brace yourself one more time, because a new deep-fried item has been created that’s so bold, so audacious, so brazen, that it’s bound to take your breath away. The invention is none other than…

Deep-fried butter…..

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Deep-fried Butterballs

That’s right. This artery-clogging, heart-stopping dish is among eight new deep-fried concoctions that were unveiled to the public at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas this past summer. Every year, fair concessionaires try to outdo themselves, as well as their competition, by dreaming up recipes that could send you racing to your cardiologist if they ever became regular staples of your diet. The friendly competition has become so intense that fair officials have dubbed the fairgrounds… the “Fried Food Capital of Texas.”

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Deep-fried Coke

This year’s fried butter entry was the brainchild of 39-year-old Dallas resident Abel Gonzales Jr., winner of past state fair competitions for his Texas Fried Cookie Dough, Fried Peanut Butter, Jelly and Banana Sandwich and Fried Coke recipes.

You heard right ….. Fried Coke (see picture at right)

To make fried butter, the butter itself needs to have an outer coating, or shell, if you will — something that can withstand the bubbling cauldron of the deep fryer.

“I mean, butter by itself does not taste good,” Gonzales said. “Nobody just grabs a stick of butter and eats it. That would be gross.”

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garlic-grape-cherry Butterballs

Now for purists who simply want the unaltered taste of butter, Gonzales serves up plain-butter versions of his creation. For others who want a little more pizzazz, he offers three additional versions with flavored butters…  garlic, grape or cherry.

“When you taste it, it really does taste like a hot roll with butter,” said Sue Gooding, spokeswoman for the State Fair of Texas. “It tastes great.”

“It’s like a mix between a biscuit or a croissant that is just stuffed to the gills with butter on the inside,” Gonzales said. “I think that’s the best way to describe it.”

If you place an order from Gonzales for fried butter at the fair you would get three or four pieces of piping-hot dough in a small cardboard boat. “Any more than that and I think it would be a little bit too much,” Gonzales said. “A little bit too rich.”

Other deep-fried creations that were showcased at this year’s Texas State Fair included:

  • Green Goblins >> Cherry peppers stuffed with spicy shredded chicken and guacamole, battered, deep-fried and topped with queso.
  • Twisted Yam on a Stick >> A spiral-cut sweet potato, fried on a skewer, then rolled in butter and dusted with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Fernie’s Deep Fried Peaches & Cream >> Served with a side of vanilla buttercream icing for dipping.
  • Texas Fried Pecan Pie >> A mini-pecan pie battered, deep fried and served with caramel sauce, whipping cream and chopped candied pecans.
  • Country Fried Pork Chips >> Battered, thin-sliced pork loin deep fried and served with sides of ketchup or cream gravy.
  • Sweet Jalapeno Corn Dog Shrimp >> Shrimp on a stick, coated with a sweet and spicy cornmeal batter, deep fried and served with a spicy glaze.
  • Fried Peanut Butter Cup Macaroon >> A peanut butter cup wrapped inside a coconut macaroon, fried and then dusted with powdered sugar.

On Labor Day, all eight creations were judged in the categories of Best Taste and Most Creative. Gonzales bagged a trophy for Most Creative for deep-fried butter, and Christi Erpillo won the Best Taste award for her peaches-and-cream creation.

Image: Deep-fried peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwich
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Gonzales won the 2005 State Fair of Texas’ Best Taste competition for his fried peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwich. (For the record, Elvis pan-fried his legendary peanut butter and banana sandwiches; Gonzales deep-fried his.)

Now in it’s 5th year, the annual competition has prompted concessionaires to push limits and become ever more imaginative and daring with their entries. Previous competitions saw the debut of deep-fried lattés, fried banana splits and chicken-fried bacon.

Top 20 Incredible Edible Fair Foods – If You Dare

10 Most Unusual Foods In The World For Adventurous Appetites

Hungry? Craving Something Different?

How about some Durian, Witchetty Grubs, Sannakji, Lutefisk or Pig’s Blood Cake?

bugsStrictly for Adventurous Appetites…

Let Your Taste Buds Run Wild…

Here are a few more Incredible Edibles…

If you ever have the opportunity at some point to travel abroad, part of the fun and adventure is experiencing something new and enjoying local culture and cuisine. With that being said, even the most daring explorer and purveyor of the best the local culture has to offer may draw the line when it comes to taste testing certain foods.

The issue may extend far beyond the price of a certain local delicacy, rather visually seeing or smelling certain foods may be enough to turn your head or experience a “gag-reflex”. Perhaps you may even gather enough “gumption” from within to take a little nibble before making your mind up. Either way, here you will find a list of 10 of the world’s most unusual foods, in no particular order other than alphabetically by country. Please don’t take this as a personal endorsement as I would hate to become responsible for the after-effects. 🙂

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1st) – Australia >>> Witchetty Grubs –

grubsThese high-in-protein, white snacks are in actuality the larvae of moths and an important insect food of the desert, once considered a staple in the diets of some Aborigines. These are edible either raw or lightly cooked in hot ashes, they are sought out as a high-protein food by Indigenous Australians. The raw “witchetty” (meaning hooked stick) grub tastes like almonds and when cooked the skin becomes crisp like roast chicken while the inside becomes light yellow, like a fried egg.

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2nd) – France >>> Pigeon (Squab) –

Squab_at_French_restaurantThe term “Squab” is the meat from a young domestic pigeon. The meat is dark, very lean, tender, fine-grained and is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins. While considered a dirty street animal by many, this poultry dish is an expensive and much-loved delicacy that graces the plates of some of the country’s finest restaurants. Considered to have a robust flavor, it still struggles to gain culinary acceptance in much of the world.

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3rd) – Italy >>> Donkey

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The Italian name for “Donkey” is “asino” or “asinello” and the various regions have different ways of preparing donkey meat, with which they make stews or even salami. Sliced and eaten much like prosciutto, this sandwich meat can be found — and accidentally ordered — rather easily in the country’s bars. In different regions of Italy they might call it by another name in the local dialect, so you would not be able to recognize it on menus… or at the local butcher.

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4th) – Malaysia >>> Durian –

durian_fruitSome Malaysian hotels put up signs banning the Durian. The ultra-strong aroma of this spiky fruit may turn off tourists, but many Malaysians love its doughy taste. Durian Fruit can best be described as having a succulent, creamy filling but smelling like stinky socks… but don’t let that dissuade you from trying it.

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5th) – Norway >>> Lutefisk –

lutefiskA traditional dish (made from dried whitefish) of the Nordic countries, this gummy fish marinated in lye, takes days to prepare and is described as one of the most vile-tasting foodstuffs ever created. In spite of this less-than-tasty reputation, it remains hugely popular in this part of the world.

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6th) – South Africa >>> Ostrich –

ostrich-meatLow in cholesterol and considered healthier than other meats, the ostrich is becoming more and more popular all over the world. It is lower in fat grams per serving compared to chicken and turkey, and much lower in fat and cholesterol than beef. Everything from ostrich burgers to omelets made from the bird’s eggs are turning up on menus.

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7th) – South Korea >>> Live Octopus (Sannakji)  –

octopus-SannakjiSannakji is the native term for live baby octopus. Unlike calamari which is dead and still, octopus in South Korea often arrives at the table alive and moving. The tentacles are slice up, seasoned with sesame oil, and delivered to your plate still squirming. If you think you’re up to the challenge – Beware – If you don’t chew it up carefully, those tiny suction cups can stick to your mouth or throat. Connoisseurs of the dish say it’s best to eat it quickly.

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8th) – Taiwan >>> Pig’s Blood Cake (Ti-hoeh-koe) –

pigs_blood_cakeIn Taiwan, pig’s blood cake is a very common local favorite that is eaten just like ice cream. It is commonly dipped in ground peanuts and served on a wooden stick. Easily found at street markets, it’s a sweet treat made from pig’s blood and sticky rice. It can be found also in local resteraunts served fried or steamed as a snack or cooked in a hot pot.

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9th) – Uganda >>> Grasshopper –

grasshoppers-friedCaught during the rainy season, they can be eaten either cooked or raw. Grasshoppers, full of minerals, proteins, fats and vitamins, are a perennial favorite and relished as a local delicacy. Sold with or without wings and legs, they are easily found at the local markets. The locals catch these insects at dusk, place them in water for 24 hours after which they fry, boil or add them to soups. They can even be eaten raw as snacks, however visitors are discouraged from doing so because there is a risk of contracting tape worms.

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10th) – Vietnam >>> Snake Wine –

snake-wineSaid to have medicinal properties, this strong cocktail is best downed quickly. Not only is it made from snake blood, it’s bottled with a snake inside and occasionally other creatures, like scorpions. There are two varieties of snake wine… 1st) Steeped – A large venomous snake can be placed into a glass jar of rice wine, often with many smaller snakes, turtles, insects, or birds, and left to steep for many months. The wine is then drunk as a restorative in small shots… 2nd) Mixed – Body fluids of snake are mixed into wine and consumed immediately in the form of a shot. Snake blood wine is prepared by slicing a snake along its belly and draining its blood into a mixing vat with rice wine or grain alcohol. Snake bile wine is done through a similar method by using the contents of the gall bladder.

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SURPRISE BONUS >>> South Korea >>> Beondegi –

BeondegiBeondegi are a popular snack food in Korean cuisine. Literally meaning “chrysalis” or “pupa” in Korean, Beondegi are steamed or boiled silkworm pupae which are seasoned and eaten as a snack. Beondegi are often served by street vendors, as well as in restaurants and drinking establishments. They are also sold in cans in grocery stores and convenience stores.

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Still Hungry??

Here’s another post to check out with a few more tasty bites –

Bizarre Culinary Choices From Around The Globe

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