Any of us is free to choose food, for this there are many restaurants and grocery stores. But just imagine that there are certain types of food that you will not be able to taste. All because in your country such food is prohibited.
There are entire state organizations that are engaged in control over prohibited substances, including food. In the US, for example, it is the “Administration of products and medicines”. In it about the health of the nation are baked more than 9000 people.
So, let’s talk about ten products that are unlikely to be found on store shelves. Nevertheless, such a food exists, gourmets tend to take every opportunity to taste the coveted dish.
Prior to the industrial revolution, raw milk was an everyday food product. This meant that it was not pasteurized. People then did not have the appropriate technology, and their own dairy animals were even in many urban families. For many of us it will be a surprise that with the advent of new methods of processing milk, such as pasteurization, a ban on the use of raw varieties has appeared. Thus, in 22 states of the USA and Canada, it is considered that such a drink is dangerous. Consumers are taught that in raw milk there are a lot of germs. As a result, it is rather difficult to find such a product, sometimes it is necessary to travel to another state or to buy a part of the cow, compensating part of the expenses for its maintenance, but also receiving a share of the produced milk in return. In America there is an ongoing discussion about whether raw milk is useful or if it is filled with harmful bacteria. But in Europe, Asia and Africa, such a drink is extremely common, even raw cheese is available. We have many options to get such a drink, but in America you have to either buy “cow stock”, or look for someone else, stealthily her milking. To buy raw milk in the store will have to travel, but the treasured bottle can still be found.
It’s no secret that foie gras is a delicacy made from the liver of a duck or goose. The dish is banned in almost all countries of the European Union, Turkey, Israel and the Hilton hotels because of the forced feeding of birds. To get the best product for the dish, 8 days before slaughter in the goose begin to cram a huge amount of corn mashed potatoes. From such an abundance of fatty foods, the liver increases by 10 times! Many believe that such an attitude is extremely cruel to animals, since in a typical environment, so much food is not required. In 2005, foie gras tried to ban in many cities of the US, but the ban was only touched by Chicago, and even then, until 2008. As a result, American farmers continue to mock the birds, and the Chinese do not lag behind. Today in the US it’s easy to order a foie gras in a legal restaurant. But in other countries because of the ban it will be more difficult. In Russia, a 200-gram jar of goodies costs around 2000 rubles. The most brave and rich gourmets can be recommended to go to France, where this dish was born. There, foie gras is an important part of the national cuisine.
According to Gustave Flaubert, absinthe killed more soldiers than the Bedouins. In the XIX century, this drink from wormwood was very popular and common, despite the ubiquitous ban. The countries of Europe seized the absent alcoholism, with the growth of violence, hallucinations and mental illnesses. However, by the beginning of the 20th century, absinthe returned to some markets. They say that by 1905 there were more than 40 underground shops producing this drink on the border of France and Switzerland alone. Of these absinthe was transported mainly to France, where he was greatly fond of the creative intelligentsia. Soon the scientists completely studied the absinthe and issued a verdict to him: “extremely unsafe”. The fact that the wormwood contains alkaloid thujone, which even in small doses can cause mental illness.In 1915, absinthe was again banned in almost all European countries. Today, sold absinthe, according to experts, is not the one that once drove the Parisians crazy. The beverage is distilled and diluted with water. Although traditional recipes are no longer used, the spirit of that famous drink is being recreated in many countries, particularly in the Czech Republic, Switzerland, France and Spain. In 2008, about 200 varieties of absinthe were available. And the United States since 2007 has allowed to drink only the distilled drink. Apparently, people still can not resist communicating with the “green fairy”. Finding absinthe is rather simple – you should visit a local wine store, but in search of a better drink, you should go to the Czech Republic or France. It is hoped that there, absinthe will become the best friend of your mind.
Black caviar caviar.
In 2005, the US Fisheries and Hunting Service imposed a ban on import of black beluga caviar from the Caspian Sea. In the US, a stereotype has long been formed, according to which caviar was an indispensable companion of Russian feasts. With the help of such a ban, the Americans did not fight the Russian mafia at all, but took care of the safety of our beluga, as a valuable biological species. In 2007, the ban was lifted, but with the restriction – not more than 96 tons of valuable product should be sold annually in the world. Now it’s even harder to catch a beluga, this is a great success even for poachers. Similar to the American ban, there is a “taboo” in Russia, as well as in 72 countries around the world. Nevertheless, on the Internet you can find this delicious product offered by a variety of suppliers. Only here the price “bites”, on one of the sites the original 250 gram jar was sold for $ 2,095. In countries as far from the Caspian Sea, it is possible to order black caviar in a restaurant. This beluga, and not sturgeon, will cost several hundred dollars per serving. Another option is to search for “wild” eggs or from belugas grown on farms.
The campaign to ban this dish is gaining momentum around the world. Currently, shark finings are prohibited for production in the Scottish waters, as well as in the UK. The vicious practice was completely abolished in Hawaii, where about 60,000 of these predators were exterminated every year. Actions can be considered truly barbarous, it is so cruel that many species of rare sharks are endangered by extinction (up to 30%). Shark fins themselves are used in soups, which in most Asian countries, Mexico and the United States are considered a luxury. And worth mentioning is the grandiose cheating of cancer patients who, thanks to the media, believed in the healing power of the fin cartilage. But after all, to maim the sharks only for the sake of their fins is like killing elephants because of tusks. A shark without this part of its body can not simply stay in the water, sinking to the bottom and dying. Today, despite prohibitions, sharks are killed every day somewhere in the sea. Laws that prohibit such practices are very imperfect. It’s hard to catch poachers who just cut the fin off the shark and release it back. If you still decide to taste this forbidden dish, then it is worth looking for it in Asian countries, especially in China. In Mexico and the US, such a thing can also be found, but at a high price. Only here it is worth remembering that sea predators could live in polluted waters, so that soup from shark cartilage can and be poisoned.
This fish lives in the Atlantic and Caribbean coastal waters of the United States. She is able to enter large rivers, and in length reaches one and a half meters. In the southern states, a dish-delicacy “blackened redfish” is prepared from the croaker, which literally means “blackened red fish”. Until the mid-1980s, the secret of his cook cooking was kept secret, but Paul Prudh once publicly told how to cook such a dish. The recipe became so popular that it was accepted by any self-respecting housewife of the South, made demand for the slab over the top.Success for the cook turned into a disaster for the fish itself – in July 1986, it was on the verge of destruction. The Ministry of Trade banned the sale of a rare species and closed all the fish shops so that the population would eventually recover itself. Today, the ban is partial in nature, for example, fishermen can get no more than one croaker per day. The other caught should be safely returned to the sea. However, there is one state where in stores you can still buy the red slab without difficulty – this is Mississippi. This fish is popular among those who want to try to taste truly Creole food. In restaurants in New Orleans, blackened red fish is prepared not from domestic, but from imported raw materials – slabs are bred on special farms in neighboring Mexico.
Non-certified Patagonian toothfish.
In nature, this cold-blooded fish is a relative of the notothenia known to us, but it looks rather intimidating. On the table, however, it becomes quite appetizing. The fish, also called the Chilean sea bass, was banned in 24 countries, including the US, because of its excessive popularity. The public saw how much a dish of toothfish is popular in restaurants and at home, and realized that such a pace will soon not look at all. All new states are gradually joining the ban. The fish has flaky, flaky white meat, quite fatty and unusually tasty. Of course, this prohibition did not stop poaching. Now, to the famous taste of the dish, there was also added a rarity with high prices. Even in Chile, you can buy toothfish, illegally of course, and the cost of one fish reaches $ 1000. It is not surprising that the popular fish began to be produced on special fish farms. In many countries, however, there are restrictions on the importation of fish. So, wanting to taste the Chilean perch, you’ll have to run a good run in his search, trying to outrun the annoying Greenpeace. True, according to rumors, in Russia you can meet toothfish in supermarkets under the simple name “butterfish” at a price of 180 rubles per kilogram.
Japanese fugu fish.
Fugu is not a type of dangerous fish, but a way of preparing it. To do this, sea monsters from the family of pufferfish are used, which can swell at fright. Fugue is banned in many countries because of its internal organs, which are rather poisonous. If it’s wrong to cook this fish or consciously eat its poisonous parts, you can die from terodotoxin. This neurotoxin destroys the nerve tissue of the body, paralyzing it and causing suffocation. It’s enough 1 milligram of poison for the death, so one fish is enough to kill 30 people! In Japan, the first ban on fugue existed from 1603 to 1868, but in time it was quietly abolished. There is only a proverb: “Whoever is a fugue, that’s a fool.” And whoever does not eat is also a fool. ” Today there is a ban on the sale and consumption of this fish in Europe, and since 2002 and in the US, where it is allowed to prepare such a dish only licensed chefs. But in Thailand, an official ban does not prevent selling puffers in the markets. To cook a dish from this fish you have to be a very good cook. According to legends, inept cooks accidentally or purposely poisoned their customers in Japan were forced to eat their unfortunate dish. Fish is collected throughout the Pacific, the main markets are in Japan. Often the puffer is immediately cleaned of poisonous parts, then sent to other countries in frozen form. Fish is found also off the coast of California, where it is caught and cooked by Japanese immigrants and special chefs. It is also known that many Japanese chefs are trying to cook the liver of fish, which is the most poisonous part. If you live far from Japan and South Korea, you will have to look for restaurants that prepare fugue. For example, in New York there are 17 restaurants licensed to cook such fish.True, they say that real fugu fish costs more than cocaine, and in restaurants gourmets are served absolutely harmless puffers. They are grown in special pools and are not fed with starfish, which is why there is no poison in the fish.
We can see stewed horse from Argentina on the shelves, very inexpensively. But in many countries, including the United States, Ireland, Australia and Canada, and in various cultural groups around the world there is a ban on this dish. The roots of the ban lay in the VIII century, when Pope Zacharias and Pope Gregory III ordered Holy Boniface to forbid the missionaries to eat horse meat, as it is similar to pagan rituals. This position of the Catholic Church on horse meat has survived to this day, although many refuse to eat the meat of horses because one can not eat their friends. As a result, horse meat is not eaten by gypsies, Hindus, Jews and Brazilians. There is another justification for the ban, as in the USA and England – one can not eat a sports animal. Although eating horses is forbidden, they are killed in the same America every day. The slaughterhouse of the South of the United States was notoriously famous, and from there it was sold to other countries without too much pomp. But the famous English chef Gordon Ramsay, on the contrary, urged citizens regularly eat horsemeat. This meat has a specific taste, we often add it to sausage, as, indeed, in France and Germany. But in Hungary, in general, horses are bred for meat. In Japan they like to cook sashim from horsemeat, steppe Kazakhstan considers options for the export of such meat to Europe. Although such meat is prohibited in many countries, it can not be tasted in the US, but delicacy can be found in Europe and in Asia. In America, gourmets can buy illegally a piece of meat on one of the slaughterhouses of Texas.
In the past, sassafras were used quite widely. Indian tribes used the plant to treat some common diseases, food seasoning and a means for aromatherapy. Over time, white people began to use plants against colds, abdominal pains and even as a medicine against syphilis along with red-faced people. Until the 1960s, sassafras was used in various foods and beverages. The leaves went to make tea, and from the root they made special beer. In the southern states, the plant was used in soups and stews of Creole cuisine, as a seasoning and vitamin filler. But in the 1960s, the already mentioned FDA banned the use of sassafras and any of its components. The reason for this was safrole – a colorless or slightly dark oil from the roots and fruits, from which you can get a drug MDMA (ecstasy). The ban was due to the possible carcinogenic effects of the oil. Experiments conducted in rats showed that those who consumed safrole were more likely to have liver cancer. Today, most consumers try to avoid the once-beloved sassafras. In seasonings, artificial dyes and flavors are added for compensation, sometimes resorting to the use of an emasculated plant, without its oil. However, online you can find online sellers of sassafras, in some places you can buy detergents based on this plant. You can also buy the bark of the treasured tree. But pure sassafras will be hard to find, they try to free him from safrole. But you can find FDA-free food supplements and tablets that contain real safrole.