5 weird Christmas foods from around the world

5 weird Christmas foods from around the world
Not everyone will be tucking into a turkey come Christmas Day (Picture: Getty)

Christmas may have you licking your lips at the thought of roast and all the trimmings.

But not everyone around the world tucks into a turkey, cranberry sauce and pigs in blankets.

Here are some of the more unusual Christmas foods from across the globe.

1. Fried worms, South Africa

5 weird Christmas foods from around the world
Perhaps a worm instead of a canapé? (Picture: Getty)

The ‘mopane caterpillar’ is an edible caterpillar and feeds predominately on the mopane leaf.

The harvest time of these little critters coincidentally coincides with Christmas and hence these grace plenty a Christmas plate in South Africa.

Fancy a crunchy worm with your gravy?

2. Roasted sheep head, Norway

Also known as Smalahove, this is quite a normal centrepiece for a Nordic Sunday dinner, especially right before Christmas.

The head is soaked and then dried and salted.

3. ‘Herring in a fur coat’, Russia

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This is essentially a dressed herring salad, but the colloquial name is much more descriptive.

It’s a typically festive salad served in Russia and consists of herring, onion, boiled potatoes, carrots, eggs and beetroot.

The herring sits in the centre, covered in the ‘furry’ layer of vegetables.

4. KFC, Japan

5 weird Christmas foods from around the world
The Japanese go crazy for fried chicken at Christmas. (Picture: Getty)

Kentucky Fried Chicken in itself obviously isn’t that weird, but it’s an odd one for Christmas day.

In Japan they go crazy over Kentucky fried chicken and a staggering 3.6million Japanese families feast on KFC every year.

The KFC special Christmas Dinner even has to be ordered in advance in some Japanese chains.

This odd tradition came about because Japan hadn’t previously celebrated Christmas with a particular meal.

Some clever marketing allowed KFC to come in and fill the Christmas tradition void.

5. Dumplings, Poland

5 weird Christmas foods from around the world
There is even a pierogi dumpling festival in Poland! (Picture: Getty)

The pierogi dumplings originating in Poland definitely give all other dumplings a run for their money.

A traditional festive treat, pierogi are stuffed with anything and everything.

Cheese, meats, sauerkraut, mushrooms, meat or even fruit, and served with toppings like melted butter or fried onion.

These are a unusual festive offering, but not an unappealing one, in the scheme of things.

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