In the six seasons that Bizarre Foods has aired on the Travel Channel, host Andrew Zimmern has eaten enough unusual, unique, and straight-up weird food to fill 100 episodes in 32 countries. Here are some of the most bizarre things he's ever ingested and/or witnessed— on and off air.
1. Palolo worms.
Palolo are coral worms that are pinkish-brownish and/or blueish-greenish. A delicacy for Samoans and other Southern Pacific Islanders, they swim up out of their reefs just a couple of times a year when atmospheric conditions are right.
"They're usually served as a spread on bread," Zimmern says. "I didn't even know that stuff existed before."
2. Hákarl, a.k.a. rotted ice sharks.
...especially field rats.
4. Blood dishes.
Zimmern recalls his most memorable bloody meal: "My time with the Maasai in Tanzania was pretty extraordinary. They start every morning by drinking a tribal power shake of fresh cow's blood (that they bleed) with fermented milk. It's sort of like their own yogurt. It's sorta nutritious!"
5. Wok-tossed dung beetles.
"In Puthanathan I picked beetles out of water buffalo shit. That was a funny and strange food experience...but they were quite tasty!"
6. "Damamian," AKA rotten pork.
7. Animal penises (particularly ox penis).
Zimmern has chowed down on almost 50 penises from various animals, but the most notable has been ox penis — particularly prepared in a Vietnamese pho-like dish in "spicy broth with noodles and vegetables with a lot of different meat, like kidney and spleen."
If you have a yearning to make your own dick soup, check out this recipe from Lucky Peach.
8. And human penis...or at least foreskin.
9. And of all of his (mis)adventures, the one thing Zimmern was unable to stomach was 14-day-old stinky tofu.
The new season of Bizarre Foods America airs on the Travel Channel March 24.
CORRECTION: Zimmern did not actually eat the toddler's foreskin. An earlier version of this article stated otherwise.