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Delicious Rot: Four Foods Or Drinks Where Rot Or Disease Make The Product Even Better

When you consider all of the oddities in the food world, none are quite so strange as those that are made from rotting ingredients. Love them or leave them, these foods and drinks are very popular. To try them, you only have to get them past your nose and into your mouth, but even then there is no guarantee that your palate will find them agreeable. Still, you should try these four foods or drinks just once, just to say you have tried them.

Sauterne Wine

Sauterne wine is made from grapes in the Sauternais region of France. They are said to be intensely sweet wines, and are subsequently served with desserts. The bizarre part is that the grapes used to make Sauterne wine have been attacked by a disease while the grapes are still on the vine. The disease causes the grapes to rot, and shrivel into raisins, and from that, you get this type of wine.

Kopi Luwak Coffee

This is the most expensive coffee in the world, not because the beans are rare, but because it takes a lot to remove them from civet cat feces and process the beans! Those that love the taste of Kopi Luwak are actually consuming some of the civet cat's digestive juices and intestinal tract leavings along with the roasted coffee beans. While the thought of consuming a coffee from beans that came out the back end of a civet cat makes a lot of people squirm, there is something to be said for the natural "roasting" process of these coffee beans.


Sauerkraut, which translated from German literally means, "sour cabbage," is one of those foods that is really hard to get past the nose. The cabbage is sliced really thin, then left in a pickled brine to ferment for several days. Those that love it say it tastes just like a cross between pickled relish and cole slaw, but the smell makes many people cringe and go green in the gills.


Scandinavian people, particularly Norwegians, enjoy a holiday "treat." This fish meal involves taking a fish, pickling it in lye (a poison!), and then boiling it to remove most of the lye. After bathing in the lye for a few days, and then boiling the fish, it turns into a gelatinous food that, well, quite simply put, smells like the mess you woke up in after a long drinking bender. Yet the delicacy supposedly is very tasty.

About Me

Most people don't realize it, but there is a way to cook the wrong meals for others--even if you are innately familiar with their personal preferences and culture. Although I am far from an expert, I started studying proper cooking traditions a few years ago, and it has really helped me to enjoy a whole new perspective on things. I wanted to begin a blog that talked all about food and cooking, so that you can understand the deeper levels of what it means to make a great dish. Check out these posts for all kinds of helpful information on everything from cooking to serving.



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