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Luxardo Maraschino Cherries
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Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

Real maraschinos were born more than a century ago in an Italian distillery.
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Real Wasabi
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Real Wasabi

Most sushi fans have never tried this rare rhizome.
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Louisiana Egg Knocking
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Louisiana Egg Knocking

In small towns across the state, an Easter tradition becomes a competitive sport.
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Job's Tears Tea
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Job's Tears Tea

South Koreans turned this simple grain into a nutty energy drink.
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Amarula Cream Liqueur
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Amarula Cream Liqueur

A sweet and nutty liqueur made with the fruit of the "elephant tree."
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Coffee Milk
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Coffee Milk

Would you like some coffee flavor with your milk?
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Brunost
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Brunost

This “brown cheese” tastes like caramel.
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Clambake
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Clambake

An ancient cooking method still produces delicious, beachside feasts.
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Glögg
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Glögg

The aroma of this mulled wine has been compared to “a warmed-up bowl of Froot Loops.”
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Rillettes
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Rillettes

Spread this fat-poached meat on a crusty French loaf.
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Beer Can Chicken
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Beer Can Chicken

This bird comes with a brew inside.
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Pawpaw
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Pawpaw

The oldest fruit native to North America is probably the least known.
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Taiyaki
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Taiyaki

This pancake pays tribute to one of Japan's favorite fish.
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Molcajete
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Molcajete

The Mesoamerican mortar and pestle has been made, and used, the same way for thousands of years.
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Okonomiyaki
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Okonomiyaki

A wartime rice scarcity made this versatile pancake a Japanese staple.
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Biltong
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Biltong

This spiced jerky is a beloved snack in South Africa.
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Kitfo
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Kitfo

A melt-in-your-mouth mixture of raw beef, butter, and spices.
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Seattle Teriyaki
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Seattle Teriyaki

This once-ubiquitous fusion dish is fading into obscurity.
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Benne Wafers
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Benne Wafers

A crispy cookie from South Carolina, first introduced during the slave trade.
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Geoduck
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Geoduck

This phallic, giant clam is the culinary crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest.
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Barbecue Spaghetti
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Barbecue Spaghetti

Memphis adds a little Italian flair to its Southern repertoire.
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Naranjilla
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Naranjilla

Relatively unknown outside South America, the tart, tomato-like fruit makes beloved juices and cocktails.
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’Nduja
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’Nduja

The fiery Calabrian meat spread also goes by "red Nutella" and "poor man's Viagra."
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Sugar Cream Pie
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Sugar Cream Pie

Indiana's unofficial state pie was once a desperate measure.
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