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My own mini-foreign-trade-mission to the Far East

On a recent trip to Florida, Team FIN farmer Jeff Ryan explores an Asian food market where he finds quite a few unfamiliar items on the shelves.

View the gallery to see the exotic foods Ryan found throughout the market.

Chicken feet. 

Yep, packages of chicken feet, all cleaned up and ready to, um, I'm hoping . . . cook . . . thoroughly. They come in Regular and Spicy. If plain old chicken feet just don't do it for you, kick it up a notch and try the spicy version. You won't regret it. Although, if you're eating chicken feet, your list of regrets can't be all that long.    

Ever been to Red Lobster and picked out your own lobster for the main course? You can do that at this market, too. There were a variety of fresh fish, shrimp, lobsters and crab. But we need a drumroll here for the pièce de résistance, folks.

You could also pick out your very own FRESH EEL to take home with you!

(Big shocker here. That mental coin came up "BAIT" in my head. Big time.)

A live eel for supper? As a cattle feeder, all I could think was, "Hmmm . . . . all the slippery, slimy, weaseliness of a snake without carrying the finish a snake does." 

I couldn't drink enough roasted young coconut juice (even with extra pulp) to wash the idea of a plate full of eel out of my head. 

The minute we got on the ground back home in the Midwest again, I drove straight to The Nook in St. Paul to get myself a burger stuffed with cheese and some onion rings on the side. 

Guy Fieri would be proud. Andrew Zimmern from "Bizarre Foods America," not so much.  

Guy No. 2

Jeff Ryan is Guy No. 2 in the operation of Two Guys Farming, Inc., near Cresco, IA.

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