6 Dangerous Delicacies That Can Totally Kill You

You’ve gotta eat — that’s just a fact. But anyone who’s ever prepared an elaborate feast for a family gathering or reveled in a comforting bowl of pasta after a stressful day can tell you that eating is about so much more than just fueling our bodies and getting the nutrients we need.

For some people, eating is about braving danger to taste the rarest delicacies the world has to offer. For these thrill seekers, an innocuous omelet or an innocent sandwich isn’t enough.

Let’s take a look at some of the world’s most deadly delicacies that people actually eat:

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Elderberries

Found in temperate and sub-tropical regions, elderberries are small with a dark red or black tint. They have a luscious appearance. One must be very careful when foraging for elderberries. They may be delicious, but they also pose a serious threat for those unaware of their properties. Their leaves, stems, and seeds contain cyanide, a deadly chemical with a toxic effect on the body when consumed above the body’s level of tolerance. Severe illness and nausea are symptoms of toxicity from elderberries. With that said, they have many medicinal properties, and are usually safe to eat when ripe and cooked properly. Cooking the berries helps neutralize their toxic properties and enhances their flavor.