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From the “weird Christmas foods” list comes Mattak from the Inuit in Greenland. Mattak is an unusual food eaten at Christmas time in Greenland. It is raw whale skin and blubber. The whale is usually bowhead but beluga and narwhal are also used. The whale is diced or serrated before serving. Mattak is supposed to taste like fresh coconut but is too tough to chew, so it’s usually swallowed.
Another weird Christmas delicacy from Greenland is “kiviak”. This is a dish made from the raw flesh of auks. The full auk, beak, feet and feathers, is stuffed into a seal which is then sealed with grease (with seal fat, actually.) This is fermented for about seven months and the auk is served straight from the seal as a Christmas feast.