Ever wanted to try a durian, the world's smelliest fruit? Or how about some maggot cheese?
If either of these made your stomach churn, you’re not alone. But if you actually are curious about these considerably gross culinary wonders, you might want to make your way to Los Angeles this winter.
The Disgusting Food Museum, an exhibition from Sweden, is opening its doors for the first time in North America at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in LA.
The exhibition will feature 80 of the world’s most disgusting foods. Among the many repulsive offerings will be casu marzu (maggot-infested cheese from Sardinia), stinky tofu (pungent bean curd from China) and cuy (roasted guinea pigs from Peru). And yes, visitors will get the opportunity to both smell and taste these unique “delicacies.”
But the point of the exhibition isn’t just to gross you out. The exhibition, instead, aims to have visitors “explore the world of food and challenge their notions of what is and what isn’t edible,” according to the museum's website.
“Disgust is one of the six fundamental human emotions. While the emotion is universal, the foods that we find disgusting are not. What is delicious to one person can be revolting to another,” it says on the website.
Curator Dr. Samuel West also added in a statement to Lonely Planet, “The museum aims to change our view of what is disgusting or not and expose our minds to what is known as normal in other cultures.”
So come with an open mind and an empty stomach.
The exhibition will be open Wednesday through Sunday between Dec. 9 and Feb. 17. Museum hours vary depending on the day. Admission will be $15 on weekdays and $18 on weekends for adults and $10 for kids.