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Most Dangerous, Rare or Valuable Foods to Hunt or Harvest

Investigating the most high stakes foods to hunt or harvest. Anybody have any ideas for interesting worlds I might look into?

Something like bluefin tuna or matsutake mushrooms would be amazing...

 
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  1. Cordyceps. Good excuse for a trip to the Himalayas.

    Otherwise, kind of depends on where you live. You can hunt for Italian white truffles in your back yard all you like, but if you don't live in Italy, your neighbors might start to wonder. :)

    1. Pecebres, gooseneck barnacles, from the Atlantic coast of Spain is the first thing that comes to mind.

      Second thought would be swallows' nests from sea caves in Thailand.

      I'm think more about the danger aspect than the value.

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      1. re: paulj

        And if you act fast, you can get a pretty good deal on a tin of these (normally $80 for 5 ounces, but on sale for $50):

        http://www.tienda.com/food/products/s...

        1. re: ferret

          On Bizarre Foods America, San Diego episode, Andrew found them on the shores there, in much less dangerous conditions than the Spanish episodes that I've seen. He seemed to like them as well. But there was no mention of collecting the California ones for sale.

      2. Durian, jackfruit, and coconuts. People die or are injured from walking under the trees and having the fruit fall on their heads.

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        1. re: JMF

          Heard/saw/read somewhere that more people DIE from getting hit on the head by falling coconuts than shark attacks... significantly more??

          1. re: kseiverd

            that was disproved, but the rumor still makes the rounds.

        2. Well matsutake mushrooms could certainly fill the bill. People tend to get very possesive of where they grow. You could get shot at if they catch you poaching "their" mushrooms.

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          1. re: mike0989

            Same up here with huckleberries and morel mushrooms. Dangerous business!

          2. Swallow nests for swallow nest soup. The nests are found in caves and made out of the swallows' saliva. This is a south east asia thing. In Yunnan province for example “Every year from August 8 to 10 during the famous "Bird's Nest Festival", some local people will climb up the dazzling 50-meter-high cliffs to fetch these nests.”

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edible-n...

            http://www.chinauniquetour.com/html/Y...

            http://swiftletfarming.blogspot.com/2...

            1. A properly prepared krait snake.