What is the weirdest animal/insect/reptile/paleo food you have ever tasted?
Did you eat it under survival conditions/in a restaurant/prepared it yourself?
Would you eat it again or recommend it to others?
Do you sometimes lament that the range of food available today does not contain more exotic foodstuffs?
In late summer I gather grasshoppers (out in the woods, away from pesticides, fertilizers etc), freeze them and make curry hopper! It's sorta gross, and I mostly do it to gross out my friends.
Squirrel. A few days ago. I caught them myself, out on the mountain. I boiled them in melted snow. I will be honest. They were not tasty. But I guess they were nutritious, at least I hope so! I ate the meaty part of the critters, did not eat the testicles (I know, I know, wasted opportunity!) or the brains.
That's about as weird and paleo as a gal can get!
I used to live in China, so I've eaten some crazy stuff, and come to think of it most of the really weird shit qualifies unambiguously as paleo (aside from the vegetable oil it is often cooked in). So: bee larvae (in an omelette; delicious, tastes faintly of honey), large, stinging wasps (stir fried; very warming qi), deer penis soup (broth made from testicles), every kind of organ imaginable (most memorable: quartered pig brains in hot pot), whale (braised meat, cured blubber and raw meat with wonderful streaks of fat; in Japan; remarkably good, particularly the blubber), snake (with blood and bile served on the side) ... not sure what I'm forgetting ... silk worms ... I had the opportunity several times to eat scorpion and passed.
The only thing that I truly refuse to eat is dog, and my rationale for this rule was paleo before I knew what paleo was. I had a little speech I gave every time someone suggested that I eat it: dogs co-evolved with us, and as a species they are our friends and have helped us hunt since before the dawn of time, and so killing and eating a dog is equivalent to killing and eating a person. Although if my kid was starving I would no doubt think otherwise.
As to whether I would recommend eating weird stuff - why not? Eating shouldn't be boring, right?
I lived in China and one day was offered 'One Thousand Year-Old Eggs' at a small family house deep in Yunnan Province. The eggs were not a thousand years old, but pickled in ash and horse's urine to make them look old, so I was told. The white had turned a kind of see-through green color and the yolk was well, indescribably awful, it made me want to retch immediately.
The other thing I ate whilst in the Himalayas, not strictly Paleo, was Yak-Butter Tea. I insisted on drinking it, when everyone else in my party had green tea and it was gross. I could only manage a few sips. It was such a shame because I wanted so desperately to eat what the Tibetans ate, but I just couldn't manage it.
Calf´s kidneys, sheep brain and some udder. All in oldfashioned bavarian restaurants. First 2 great but udders are ... strange ;). I would give roasted insects and grilled snake also a try. But those are not available in Europe.
Stingray, prepared in a restaurant with a "relish" of baby shrimp and some minced vegetables. The consistency of it is like a cross between eating chicken and well-done steak. I can't say it's the most delicious thing I ever ate (or terribly fulfilling, for that matter) but it wasn't the worst, either.
I don't consider it unusual, but some of you would: chit'lins (chitterlings, boiled pig intestines) and chicken feet.
Both taste quite good, though chit'lins have a distinctive smell that I've never gotten used to.
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