Swedish Food museum dubs Vegemite a ‘disgusting food’

01 November, 2018 by
Hospitality Magazine

Three Aussie foodstuffs have made their way into Sweden’s Disgusting Food Museum including Vegemite, witchetty grubs and musk sticks.

The pop-up museum, located in Malmo, aims to showcase items that address “what’s disgusting and what’s a delicacy”.


The inclusion of the items has sparked a range of comments on social media, with many Aussies shocked and horrified to see Vegemite classified as ‘disgusting’. Durian, century eggs and twinkies also made the cut.

Lead curator of the museum, Samuel West, shed some more light on the concept, revealing to ABC it’s a study in the way disgust differs in each country.


“The evolutionary function of disgust is to help us avoid disease and unsafe food,” he says. “Disgust is one of the six fundamental human emotions. While the emotion is universal, the foods that we find disgusting are not. What is delicious to one person can be revolting to another.”

Here are some of the other exhibits.


Maggot-infested cheese – Sardinia
Fruit bat soup – Guam
Century eggs – China
Twinkies – USA
Durian – Thailand
Fermented herring – Sweden
Roasted guinea pigs – Peru
Hakarl (dried Greenland shark) – Iceland
Haggis – Scotland



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