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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ten Animal Parts You Probably Didn't Know Were Food

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM


9. Flipper Pie (Seal Flippers) While we're in the Arctic, we might as well offer this delicacy, a traditional Canadian snack made from the flippers of young seals. When the members of PETA and Greenpeace and those people from Whale Wars get done hyperventilating, they might also consider that some folks prefer to munch on walrus flippers

  • Photo from BBC

8. Fried Tarantulas OK, so it's technically the entire critter and not just a part, but, well, noshing on a fried tarantula... 'Nuff said. 


7. Duck Tongues It turns out that as exotic animal parts go, duck tongue is kinda mainstream. Still, think of all those cute and fuzzy little baby ducklings. Somehow it doesn't help that these babies look very un-duck-like. 


6. Hákarl (Rotten Shark Meat) Raise your hand if you're familiar with the fact that people eat shark meat. All right, now keep your hand up if you know about hákarl. Thought so. The stuff's made from a species called the basking shark, which is poisonous to eat fresh. But does that stop Icelanders from eating it? It most certainly does not! They figured out that if you bury the meat in the ground and let it rot, then cut it in strips and hang dry for four to five months, it becomes edible. Edible, that is, if you're cool with a substance that tastes "similar to very strong cheese slathered in ammonia." Seriously, this stuff's is so pungent that it made badass celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay vomit after eating it. Raise your hand if you want some!


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