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France

Tiny mites infest Mimolette cheese, which helps develop its flavour (Credit: Credit: age fotostock/Alamy)

Tiny mites infest Mimolette cheese, which helps develop its flavour (Credit: age fotostock/Alamy)

 

Mexico

Huitlacoche, or corn smut, is a Mexican delicacy grown with fungus (Credit: Credit: Marvin Dembinsky Photo Associates/Alamy)

Huitlacoche, or corn smut, is a Mexican delicacy grown with fungus (Credit: Marvin Dembinsky Photo Associates/Alamy)

 

Southeast Asia

Balut is a boiled duck embryo seasoned with salt or vinegar, chilies and onions (Credit: Credit: suraark/Getty)

Balut is a boiled duck embryo seasoned with salt or vinegar, chilies and onions (Credit: suraark/Getty)

Finland

The false morel mushroom contains a highly toxic chemical (Credit: Credit: imageBROKER/Alamy)

The false morel mushroom contains a highly toxic chemical (Credit: imageBROKER/Alamy)

United States

Rocky Mountain oysters, or bull testicles, are usually coated in flour and deep fried (Credit: Credit: Neil Setchfield/Alamy)

 

Rocky Mountain oysters, or bull testicles, are usually coated in flour and deep fried (Credit: Neil Setchfield/Alamy)

 

India

Chaprah is an Indian chutney made with dried red ants (Credit: Credit: Lucy Calder/Alamy)

 

 Chaprah is an Indian chutney made with dried red ants (Credit: Lucy Calder/Alamy)

Venezuela

It's common in Venezuela to eat grains, like lentils, with sugar (Credit: Credit: Bernard Golden/Alamy)

 

 It’s common in Venezuela to eat grains, like lentils, with sugar (Credit: Bernard Golden/Alamy)

England

British Marmite has a "Love it or Hate it" slogan (Credit: Credit: Simon Dack/Alamy)

Opinions on British Marmite vary so widely that even the company that produces it has adopted “Love it or Hate it” as a slogan. The concentrated brewers’ yeast has a strong, salty, umami taste, loved by some ­­(Australia and New Zealand have their own beloved versions)  and loathed by others (Denmark briefly banned the savoury spread in 2011).

5 July 2016

BBC Travel

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