What are some historical examples of Americans/Europeans eating what we would typically classify as or “uncommon” or “gross” foods in times of great starvation/famine/economic depression?

Not looking for Donner Party-esque examples of cannibalism or anything extreme like that. Looking for examples in which larger groups (maybe whole towns or cities) resorted to eating things that we normally may not consider moral, common, hygienic, or healthy because of extreme poverty, harsh economic conditions, etc. Foods that had to be adapted or newly consumed out of desperation in order to survive.

Looking specifically for historical examples in American or European history and present!

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  1. They ate the entire population of Berlin Zoo during the First World War, when the country had severe food shortages.

    Not sure whether this counts, but certain sheep in the Orkney islands, north of Scotland, eat seaweed rather than grass

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