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From corn starch to fruit bats to stinging nettle, returned missionaries share food stories

Whether Mormon missionaries have stateside or foreign assignments, there are local customs, cultures and food to become acquainted with. And experiences with food — whether it be visiting an outdoor market, eating meals with members or encountering a local favorite — are many times some of the most memorable and frequently shared of the mission experience.

When we asked readers to send us their missionary-food stories, our email box filled up. Below is a sample of responses we received. We hope you enjoy reading these stories, shared in the spirit of good fun, reverence for missionary work and respect for various cultures around the world.

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