Despite being an object of culinary fascination around the world, balut is no beauty queen.
The 18-day-old fertilized duck egg - a snack widely eaten in the Philippines - has revolted even the most daring foodies with its carnal textures, earning it lofty rankings on many a "most disgusting/strange/terrifying food" list.
While food journalists commonly label balut as the Philippines' "much loved delicacy," in reality Filipinos are decidedly split over their nation's oft-sung snack.
Acceptance of balut often depends on exposure at a young age, much like Vegemite in Australia.
In an apparent attempt to preserve the delicacy's popularity among the country's rapidly modernizing and discriminating palates, some schools in the Philippines introduce balut to young students during science classes.
Students use balut to study the anatomy of birds, then eat the compressed bird beak, veins and developing wings within.
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