It's just a muscle that gets lots of work, doesn't qualify as an organ. Has a nutrient profile that matches other muscle meats except it's higher in connective tissue which is a plus.
I like to prepare tongue by pressure cooking it in aromatics and then slicing it Into rounds and sautéing the slices in coconut oil until brown and crusty on the two larger sides of each round. I eat it with lots of mustard, pepper, and sea salt.
If you look at the nutrient balance, especially the vitamins and minerals, Tongue is much more comparable to muscle than offal (like kidney). Good -- sure, super -- probably not.
Tongue is a muscle (think of your own!).
When we'd butcher beef, it always meant pressure-cooking the tongue (due to the fact it's such a highly-developed muscle, it's tough as hell).
We peeled it, sliced it and served it warm, often times with sauerkraut on the side (we were 'paleo' because we ate the way my Irish grandparents did when they came over).
I don't like mustard but I'd suggest if you still eat white potatoes (I know that's a nightshade, that means it's not for me!), peeling them when you pressure cook the tongue imparts fabulous flavor, much like oxtail or 'neckbone and potatoes.' Just saying! It's TASTY.
Maybe try other tougher root veg if you're not doing potatoes?
Anyway, it's a big ol' muscle!
(which cattle use to clean their noses with in addition to eating -- for real! Ask a hillbilly!)
I love tongue. To me it tastes like pot roast, but with a different texture. If you ever make beef stock, just throw a tongue in the pot and you'll get a couple of extra meals without any extra work. It's also cheap. I get grass fed tongue for $2/lb.
I know that it's a DELICIOUS meat. I braise it with herbs and spices.
So good... I don't have it often, but it tastes great in magiritsa, a traditional Greek soup my family always makes on Orthodox Easter (lamb stock, egg, lemon, tongue, kidney, heart, dill).
Tongue is not an organ, it's muscle. It has a tough texture even when properly cooked, and it is certainly an acquired taste. I was given tongue sandwiches to bring to school. All the kids laughed and joked. Their loss. I love eating tongue.
I wish tongue was more common in restaurants. In Japan I knew of a restaurant that specialized in tongue ("shita"). Awesome!