After watching Anthony "No Reservations" Bourdain dine on warthog anus (yes, warthog anus), it seemed potentially instructive to search the web for other implausible anatomical snacks.
So, to honor Mr. Bourdain's adventurous palate, here's a compilation of the top ten animal parts that you probably didn't know were food.
10. Eskimo Ice Cream (Reindeer Fat)
Name alone, this sounds like it might be a tasty treat. However, upon inspecting the ingredients, one soon realizes that this is not your ordinary ice cream. Made with reindeer fat
, seal oil and a mix of wild berries, this is definitely a dessert for the adventurous. Oh, and rumor has it that there's a modern version that subs Crisco for the reindeer fat. Seriously, Crisco? WTF.
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.
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!