13 Terrifying and Ugly Foods We Happily Eat
If you haven’t yet heard about the goblin shark—yep, we said “goblin”—let us introduce you to the most terrifying thing we’ve seen this year…and we lived through the first day ramps were available at the farmers’ market. A shrimper caught this snaggletoothed, over 15-feet-long monstrosity in the Gulf of Mexico before releasing it back in the water—Wait. This means it’s still out there?!—but not before snapping a few photos to terrify the rest of us.
Now, not that we’re lining up to eat goblin shark (seriously, we’re not), but being a food publication and all, this news did get us talking about some of the other gnarly-looking food we happily toss down our gullets. From geoduck clam (of course) to black truffles (oh, we went there), we love these foods for their great personalities.
Geoduck: Obviously, this mollusk made the top of our list. It’s just…just…it’s just so special, isn’t it? As one BA staffer put it: “It looks like a &@#$ inside a *&!%.”
Eels: Slithery, slippery, and just the perfect cross between miniature snakes and very large worms, eels are terrifying.
Octopus: As demonstrated by Ursula the Sea Witch, an octopus is not a thing of beauty. And yeah, texturally-speaking, they can be a challenge for those not inherently fond of eating suction cups. But we love it—especially when it’s cooked tandoori-style.