What goes better with a glass of fine wine than a main course that could kill you? Daredevil foodies, here's a shopping list for you to consider:
10. Elderberries - Worldwide
Certainly not as harmless as they look, the leaves, twigs and seeds contain cyanide. Unripe berries can cause diarrhea and seizures.
9. Fugu (pufferfish) - Japan
Just one fugu can kill around 30 people if the chef doesn't know what he's doing. Fugu contains poisons that can paralyse and asphyxiate you before you even notice.
8. Raw monkey brains - Asia
When in Asia, do as the Asians do - even if that means sampling raw or cooked monkey brain. Just be mindful that your brain might liquefy due to a disease caused by the delicacy.
7. Fesikh - Egypt
A spring festival food, fesikh is a fish-based dish that is dried in the sun then fermented in salt. Every year, some Egyptians end up celebrating spring in the hospital due to food poisoning.
6. Giant jellyfish ice cream - Japan
To reduce the population of giant jellyfish, the Japanese make ice cream out of it. Echizen kurage is only edible when cooked and all the poison is removed.
5. Bullfrogs - Namibia
Some African nations dine on bullfrogs, despite the toxins they contain. The young frogs are especially poisonous and can cause kidney failure.
4. Blood clams - China
Blood clams ingest viruses and bacteria causing hepatitis A, E, typhoid and dysentery. In Shanghai, they are boiled, sometimes not long enough, "leaving every 7th person infected".
3. Raw cashews - Worldwide
The "raw" cashews sold in stores are not actually raw. The nuts have been steamed to remove a rash-inducing chemical called 'urushiol'.
2. Baby octopus - Korea
Cut a baby octopus into pieces, serve it alive, but make sure to chew thoroughly. Even chopped up, sannakji continues to move around and can choke you to death.
1. Casu marzu - Italy
You probably won't want to serve casu marzu at your cheese and wine party. Illegal in the EU, this cheese contains larvae that bore through intestinal walls.