The United States is home to almost every cultural background imaginable. This means there are a wide variety of foods that some people might think a bit unusual.
My top pick for the number one area of unusual foods being served has to be the South. One such food that is consumed in the south is alligator meat. Most generally it is the tail of the gator that is made into appetizers, stew or small steaks. Although the meat isn’t usually available in regular grocery stores, it can be found in speciality shops or bought from a trapper.
Another unusual southern delicacy would be rattle snake. This meat is rather expensive and may not be available in all areas. It is illegal to hunt or kill rattlesnakes in some parts of the U.S. It is normally priced at about thirty dollars a pound, so if you decide to try it be prepared to pay quite a high price for a small amount. It is commonly used in chili recipes or can be eaten as small steaks.
One unusual food commonly served in the Untied States is pig’s feet. This interesting cuisine item may go back to the time when settlers believed that no parts of an animal should be wasted, or maybe it was just pure hunger that made the first house wife decide to try to figure out what to do with the left-over pork parts. Today pig’s feet are normally pickled.
Another unusual food that is eaten in the U.S. is crawfish or craw daddy’s. They too, are usually sold and eaten in the southern states, especially in Louisiana. Crawdad stew is a favorite of many southerners. It can be quite smelly to cook, but is said to taste somewhat like shrimp. Crawdad’s are commonly known in the south as “Fresh Water Shrimp”.
Another odd food that is consumed by Americans is tripe. You can usually find it in grocery stores at an inexpensive price. Tripe is made from assorted parts of a cow’s stomach and generally cooked with stew ingredients.
Chicken livers and gizzards are also very popular although unusual. In the southern states they even sell them in convenience stores quite often. They are usually deep fried and very inexpensive.
Frog legs are enjoyed by many, especially in the southern and mid-western states. They are usually deep fried and stated to taste similar to dark meat chicken. Frog legs can be purchased already cooked in many restaurants, especially in the south.
Snapping turtles are commonly cooked in a stew. Many people love the fact that there are so many varieties of meat in a snapping turtle. Turtle can also be baked into a dish similar to chicken pot pie. Turtle meat is not commonly sold in regular grocery stores, but can be purchased from specialty stores.
Unusual as it may sound many people like the taste of shark meat. The FDA has recently sent out warnings that people should not consume shark meat due to high levels of metal mercury in the meat. As a cooked dish it is usually served as small steaks.
Last on the list of unusual foods served in the U.S. are snails. Snails are usually called escargot, but no matter what you call them, they are still snails! Many people claim to enjoy this delicacy. Snails are usually cooked by boiling them and serving them with butter.
Sources: Personal and