Foods You Love Only if You Were Raised On Them

Written by Keren Mikva


Iceland isn’t exactly known for its cuisine, but hákarl takes that to a new level. The uremic acid in fresh shark can be fatal if the meat is not handled correctly, and in olden days, folklore has it people died from eating fresh shark meat that hadn’t been butchered properly. Icelanders began burying and hanging to dry their Greenland and sleeper sharks for months at a time before eating. Fermenting it gave the meat a strong cheese-bathed-in-acid taste. It’s also supposed to aid digestion.