When humans discovered fire, everything changed…especially our relationship to food.

These photos show what fire has brought humans the world over in terms of delicacies. Without the glorious flame, none of the dishes below would be possible.

Here are 15 of the most interesting delicacies from around the world:

1. Tuna Eyeballs

This dish can be found staring back at you in most Japanese stores. You can purchase an eyeball for just one dollar. The eyes are surrounded by fish fat and severed muscles that, when cooked and properly seasoned, are said to taste just like squid.

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2. Smalahove

This is a Western Norwegian traditional dish made from a sheep’s head. It is typically eaten right before Christmas-time. The skin and sheep’s fleece is torched, the brain removed, the head salted, sometimes smoked, and dried.

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3. Glazed Gator

This eclectic dish was served as a delicacy to guests at the annual Explorers Club Dinner in New York–an event that is renowned for bizarre, but exciting, dishes.

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4. Roasted Duck Heads

These roasted duck heads are big hit with tourists in the Donghuamen Night Market in Bejing, China. They are accompanied by fried scorpions, sea horses, spiders, locusts, snakes on a stick and more.

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5. Fruit Bat Soup

The bat featured below is being prepared for Fruit Bat Soup. Fruit Bat Soup is a true delicacy on the Micronesian island of Palau. Frozen fruit bats are taken from the freezer and cooked whole–fur, wing membranes and feet included. Despite what you would think, the fur can actually be chewed until the musty taste is sucked out of it.

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6. Balut

A balut is a fertilized duck embyro that has been boiled. It is eaten straight from the shell. It is a Cambodian delicacy considered high in protein. It is also said to be an aphrodisiac.

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7. Sea Rat Soup

This dish highlights the slippery slug-like marine creature called the sea cucumber or sea rat. It is a popular delicacy in Chinese cooking; it is also considered an aphrodisiac and is used in traditional Chinese medicines. The dried ovary of the sea cucumber is eaten in Japan and called “konoko.”

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8. Turtle Shell Jelly

Turtle Shell Jelly is absolutely adored by Chinese people. In fact, it’s a summertime favorite. People believe the black, slightly bitter jelly made from turtle shells can reduce internal heat and make skin smoother.

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9.  Frog Sashimi and Frog Soup

As a Japanese delicacy, frog is both eaten raw and cooked. The Sashimi part is clearly served raw: the still-beating heart of a freshly killed American bullfrog is presented to the diner. In said dish, the rest of the frog is also eaten raw. However, any leftovers are then turned into frog soup.

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10. Bird’s Nest Soup

Bird’s Nest Soup is an Asian delicacy that has made its way to the United States. The United States is a big importer of bird’s nests and charge between $30–$100 per bowl of soup! What is it about it that’s got people so interested? It’s probably not the fact that bird’s nest soup is made out of bird’s saliva. There are claimed health benefits of eating the soup.

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11. Gourmet Smoked Gator

In Chicago, there is a restaurant called Frontier. It caters to everything “smoked.” It is a true testament to where fire has lead food preparation. Here, you see a popular dish of theirs, “Smoked Gator.” It can feed up to 12 people and costs $600 per gator!

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12. Clotted Chicken Blood

A popular Filipino street food, these cubes are made wholly from the clotted blood of chicken.

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13. Jibachi Senbei, or, Digger Wasp Rice Crackers

Another Japanese treat, this cookie is made from boiled wasps. The wasps are collected by elderly wasp hunters who are mostly in their 80s. The hunters then boil the wasps, dry them over a cracker mix and stamp them with a hot iron cracker cutter.

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14. Of course, this American favorite wouldn’t be possible without fire.

You’re looking at a 20-pound burger served in Pennsylvania. The burger itself–no bun or toppings–weighed in at 15-pounds. It took BurgerBrad over four hours to eat.

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15. Inago

Perhaps not a surprise, this delicacy also comes from Japan. It is a mix of crickets and grasshoppers that are seasoned and cooked with sugar and soya sauce.

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16. However, there are still a lot of amazing delicacies that would still exist without fire.

Here is a special example: in the Philippines, people eat a saltwater bivalve mollusk known as a shipworm (it bores into wooden ships, docks and piers). Local Lloyd Lumbania says the shipworm is best eaten raw with a squeeze of lime juice. It tastes like raw oyster, is a bit salty and slimy and smells like rotten wood.

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