The idea of eating foods made with blood, even in a cooked dish, is repulsive to many people. That being said, blood is actually a major ingredient in many cultures. People who eat blood aren't necessarily vampires or cannibals, and foods with blood in them can actually be healthy, religious, and downright normal in certain areas. But how does one cook with blood? What kind of food can you make with it? While these questions may be a little dark, they're also fascinating, and this list has the answers for you.
Before we begin, let's say right off that this list is not for squeamish people or the weak of stomach. There's blood in this article, recipes about using it, and some pretty graphic imagery. That being said, if you're a curious and adventurous foodie, we might have a few items here for your bucket list.
So, let's take an in-depth look at all the ways that we see blood used in cooking around the world. It's up to you to decide, by the end of this, if food cooked with blood sounds tasty or just terrifying.
You Can Drink a Shot of Snake Blood in Taipei
There's a Whole Blood Festival in Nepal
The Maasai Believe in Drinking Blood Straight from the Source
Finland's Blodplattar Would Put IHOP to Shame
Spartan Warriors Ate Blood Soup
Blood Is Used to Season Thai Boat Noodles