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Fugu, Monkey Brains, and the 8 Other Deadliest Dishes in the World

akee and saltfish

Akee and Saltfish

This traditional Jamaican dish is prepared with salt cod and sautéed onion, scotch bonnet peppers, tomatoes, and boiled ackee fruit. These ingredients seem harmless, but if the ackee fruit is picked before it is ripe or prepared improperly, it can be deadly.  The soft, spongy fruit contains hypoglycin alkaloid toxins, which can cause seizures, vomiting, comas, and even death. Luckily, if you stick to the canned akee imported to the U.S., this closely monitored import isn’t likely to lead to Jamaican vomiting sickness.

baked bullfrog legs

Baked Bullfrog

In Namibia, a country near the southern tip of Africa, giant bullfrogs are a national specialty. Normally this dish is perfectly safe, but if a young, premature bullfrog is selected, it may carry a toxin that leads to kidney failure. If you’re really curious about eating frog, stick with something a little safer — try making some buttermilk fried frog legs.

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