This motley bunch aren't winning any beauty contests, but they've got serious hidden depths

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Image: 9 food that look revolting, taste amazing

Hilary Perkins / CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: cowbite

Celeriac. *shudder*

Saag paneer

Curry isn't famed for its seductive looks, but my oh my does it deliver on flavour. Never was this more true than with this fragrant side dish. Creamy spinach, cumin, coriander and cubes of unsalted white Indian cheese (paneer) make the most moreish green slop you'll ever devour.

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Rebecca Siegel / CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: grongar

 

Squid

Even when this scary-looking creature has been de-tentacled, the white rubbery rings hardly look dreamy. But toss them in some garlic butter, add a wedge of lime and a gentle sea breeze and Bob's your uncle.

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Marc Di Luzio / CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: marcdiluzio

 

White truffles

Usually eye-watering expensive (some diamonds cost less) the white truffle can afford not to care if you don't think it's sexy. If you don't like the look of them, don't worry too much. At around £8,700 a kilo you probably can't afford to eat too many of them anyway.

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Muhammad Shirani / CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: Muhammad Shirani

 

Paté and terrine

Mystery meat, liver and vegetables ground together with a jelly coating. Doesn't sound mighty appealing does it? Hell, it doesn't look mighty appealing either. But introduce it to a slice of crusty toast and some cornichons alongside a crisp glass of wine and you've got yourself a feast. As with pork pies, eat, enjoy and don't think about it too much.

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terrine

Rexness / CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: rexness

 

Celeriac

It might make some of the tastiest soup in history, but this Star Trek-inspired root doesn't get off to a very promising start. But with a mouth-watering holy trinity of blue cheese and sage you can easily forgive it for not being a looker.

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Hilary Perkins / CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: cowbite

 

Poutine

The Canadian equivalent of chips and gravy topped with goats' curds (no, us neither) is the latest food trend to sweep the nation. You'd better believe it's one of the tastiest things you've ever tried. Best served in a darkened room.

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Joe / CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: joe

 

Mussels

"Bright orange and the shape of an old man's ear" would be the only way to describe these little critters. That said, devoured with chorizo, almonds and parsley and mopped up with crusty bread you hardly have time to examine them. 

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David Monniaux / CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / en.wikipedia.org 

 

Lychee

There is no fruit that more resembles an eyeball than this lychee bursting out of its shell. The shiny turgid membrane of this bad boy makes it Halloweeny to look at, but they are truly one of the most delicious fruity snacks. Flavour your martini with a couple of these and it'll be all you drink forevermore.

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Guacamole

This avocado dip is one of those dishes you would refuse to eat as a child. In fact, even your adult brain has put aside graphic imaginations of monster bogies so you can enjoy it in all its creamy, zingy glory.

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Vegan Feast Catering / CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: veganfeast

Have you got a food you love to hate? Come on – let us know!