When we travel to different destinations around the world, such as Australia, South Africa, Vietnam and Thailand, part of the fun is sampling (or at least investigating!) each country's culinary specialties, whether it's reindeer, kangaroo, python - or deep-fried tarantulas.
'Exotic' meats from all over the world are now available from specialist meat and game retailers in the UK, although they remain very much a niche market - whether for ethical reasons or simply a reluctance to stray too far from our traditional meat diet of beef, pork, chicken and lamb.
While 'exotic' meat and game may not be to everyone's taste, there's no excuse not to expand our culinary horizons to include some of the more unusual fruit and vegetables grown in the UK.
As well as the fun factor involved in surprising our taste buds with unfamiliar flavours, making the most of our home-grown produce is becoming ever more important in view of the rising cost and environmental impact of transporting foods from country to country.