Lampreys are long, snakelike things with a bunch of sharp teeth in their mouths. They like to bite fish and then not let go until they've sucked all the blood out. But people have been catching and eating lampreys for a thousand years or maybe more. So maybe people aren't so dumb after all.
|Portuguese lamprey and rice dish,|
Wikipedia, photo by The Ogre
One popular way to eat lamprey is to bake it into a pie. This is really no stranger than baking four and twenty blackbirds into a pie, if you ask me. But if you want to skip all the bother of making a pie crust, you can just cook your lamprey in a stew. A popular dish in Portugal is made by boiling the lamprey in its own blood and then serving it with rice.
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|Bats simmering in Indonesia|
But there are lots of smaller bats that get eaten regularly in places like China and Indonesia. I was all set to ask Mom to get some chihuahua-sized bats for us, and then I read that bats can spread diseases, and I don't just mean rabies. It turns out that bats are very much like primates, and they carry viruses that are easy for people to catch. Scientists now think that the outbreak of SARS was probably caused by humans' being around bats that were for sale in the markets of southern China.
|Tokyo Fish Market|
Photo,: Jesper Rautell Balle
These are not ducks at all. They are actually clams with long "necks" or "siphons" that look like a certain something that boys have but girls don't. These clams are native to the west coast of North America. Their name comes from an American Indian language, and it's pronounced "gooey duck."
Some people think geoducks are aphrodisiacs, which may or may not be true. But everyone agrees that they are very tasty to eat. In China, the geoduck is a delicacy and is mostly eaten cooked in a fondue-style hot pot. In Korea, geoducks are eaten raw with spicy chili sauce, sauteed, or in soups and stews. The Japanese eat geoduck as a raw sashimi, dipped in wasabi and soy sauce.
Warthogs are ugly because of those fierce-looking tusks and all that bristly hair and those bumpy warts. But deep down inside, they just taste kind of like gamey pork. Lots of African people like to eat warthogs, and I believe I would like to eat one, too, if I was totally sure it was dead. I say anything that tastes like pork (or chicken or beef or fish or lamb) is something that definitely should be eaten. At least that's my opinion as a dog!
|Wart Hog roast. Yum1|