Seeking strange foods? It doesn’t get much weirder than Wasp Crackers. Even in Japan, where they’re eaten, these are considered an oddity. Like to give them a try? You’re braver than us. The crackers in question are quite a recent phenomenon, dreamt up by a so-called ‘fan club for wasps’ in a small town called Omachi. Here, they’re known as ‘Jibachi Senbei’.
Digger Wasps native to the region are captured before being boiled, dried and added to the rice cracker mix. Each cracker contains five or six wasps. The taste is best described as being bitter, and a little like eating burnt raisins.
We could live with this, but the texture is perturbing. The wasps’ wings and legs are prone to getting stuck in the teeth, which makes it a non-starter for us. Looking for an unusual experience? You’ll probably find content here.