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We pulled together a small collection of interesting and what some might consider strange, foods from around the world. Yet they’re all healthy and can be quite tasty. Would you try these foods?

Interesting new foods

Tiger Nuts: They’re actually not nuts at all, but rather, tubers. They’re also known as chufa, yellow nutsedge or earth almonds. They’re the size of chickpeas and have a nutty flavour and are a bit chewy. They’re also a superfood, packed with nutrients. They’re said to help with digestion, reduce blood sugar and more. Look for them in healthfood stores.

Tiger Nuts

Seaweed Pasta: Yes, it’s a thing. And yes, it’s pasta made from seaweed. Apparently it tastes a lot like seaweed too. Most of us are familiar with dried kelp and the benefits of seaweed can be many, from helping your thyroid to good gut health. Apparently seaweed pasta goes good with mushrooms. Here’s some recipes on Yummly for you to try out. If you do, tell us what you thought?

Seaweed Pasta

Jellyfish Salads: Yes, you can eat jellyfish and some people swear by them. There’s lots of recipes too. In many parts of Asia, they’re considered a staple part of the diet but haven’t really gained traction in Canada. But they are good for you, lots of omega oils and fatty acids.

Jellyfish Salad

Fried Jellyfish: Not to be undone by just a salad, you can fry them up too. If you want to. They’re just as nutritious. Give it a try, you might like it! Just be sure to check at a store on which ones are safe to eat.

Fried Jellyfish

Sea Grapes: Also known as green caviar is an algae found off the coasts of the Philippines and Vietnam and is a common food there. Usually they add a little vinegar and voila! It’s very good for you and nutrient dense.

Sea Grapes

Black Ivory Coffee: This is coffee made from collecting beans from elephant dung. Yes, you read that right! Apparently it has a unique flavour and don’t worry, they’re roasted and it’s perfectly safe to drink. And no, you won’t grow tusks or a trunk.

Black Ivory Coffee

Have you tried any of these interesting foods? Would you? If you have, we here at Optimyz would love to hear from you!

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  • Alex Hurst is a writer for HUM@Nmedia covering Optimyz and Silver magazines in print and digital editions and is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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