Newshub Late taste-tests Auckland's Food Show

From potent plants, to protein-packed bugs, this year's Food Show in Auckland has more unusual delicacies than ever.

That's partly because it also features the most international stalls of any show yet.

Forty of 300 stalls at this year's show feature food from other countries, like the Philippines.

At one stand you can try their local delicacy, balut - a hard-boiled, developing duck embryo.

There was also the durian, also known as the world's smelliest fruit, which turns out to be a bit sweet but also savoury at same time.

There are also stalls from Samoa. Wild tumeric grows freely on the islands and Etu Tusitala uses it to make fresh juice, and for the Aucklanders, tumeric lattes.

The root vegetable is known for its health benefits and anti-inflammatory powers.

"It grows wild in Samoa and actually we produce it in Samoa and that's why we feel that this is a good drink for New Zealand to consume," Mr Tusitala told Newshub.

And then there's the latest food craze - crickets.

Environmentally sustainable and high in protein, Primal Future has been using the freeze-dried critters to make bliss balls and corn chips. 

"It's our Western countries that tend to find it taboo, it has its ick factor with it, so we're trying to normalise it by putting it into foods that people are familiar with," Primal Future's Todd Selak said.

But if insects aren't your thing, there's always good old French fries and sauce.

Celebrity chef Simon Gault has spent the past three years making the world's first ketchup with no sugar.

"We have sweetened it with 100 percent of vegetables, that's it," he said.

And it tastes like the real deal.