It’s good being on top of the food chain. As humans, we’re lucky enough to be able to eat anything we want, provided we have access to it. If it’s edible, we can eat it.
It’s safe to say that most of us only eat a few different types of animals: beef, pork, and chicken, say, and maybe lamb on occasion. But there’s a whole world of animals out there, literally, and as humans we’re allowed to eat them all if we really want to (except for the endangered or poisonous ones). Here are five you won’t believe people actually eat, along with the best way to prepare them yourself.
Now, we’re not saying that you should replace pork with camel, by any means. But in certain parts of the world, this beast of burden is a delicacy, and people seem to love it. Same with iguanas.
It’s a brave new world out there, one where people are realizing that, to paraphrase Andrew Zimmern, if it looks good, they should eat it. Spurred on in part by his Travel Channel show Bizarre Foods, there’s a new generation of super-adventurous eaters out there who are willing to try just about anything. And while it’s obviously illegal to eat endangered animals, if you look hard enough (or if you just go to this website), you’ll be able to order the meat of some of the world’s most exotic animals directly to your door.
Some exotic meats are tough and gamy; others are light and flaky. Some you can treat like beef, while others require either a quick sear or a long braising. But at the end of the day, they’re all edible. Here are five that are still commonly eaten around the world.