What Do People Taste Like? Murderers, Explorers, and Other Cannibals Weigh In

Admit it, you’re curious

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Looks delicious!

At some point in your life, you’ve probably wondered what people taste like. It may be a rather morbid curiosity, but it’s a curiosity nonetheless, and we assume that you’re not planning on acting on it anytime soon. So for curiosity’s sake, we’ve done some digging and found that plenty of cannibals went into a fair amount of detail regarding what humans taste like. Here’s what they had to say:

William Seabrook, Author and Journalist
“It was like good, fully developed veal, not young, but not yet beef. It was very definitely like that, and it was not like any other meat I had ever tasted. It was so nearly like good, fully developed veal that I think no person with a palate of ordinary, normal sensitiveness could distinguish it from veal. It was mild, good meat with no other sharply defined or highly characteristic taste such as for instance, goat, high game, and pork have. The steak was slightly tougher than prime veal, a little stringy, but not too tough or stringy to be agreeably edible. The roast, from which I cut and ate a central slice, was tender, and in color, texture, smell as well as taste, strengthened my certainty that of all the meats we habitually know, veal is the one meat to which this meat is accurately comparable.”

Armin Meiwes, German Cannibal
"The flesh tastes like pork, a little bit more bitter, stronger. It tastes quite good.”

Alfred Packer, Colorado Prospector
“The sweetest meat I’ve ever tasted.”

Omeima Nelson, Murderer
“It’s so sweet, it’s tender and delicious.”


You can find more details about how various cannibal tribes cooked humans here. Now if you’ll excuse us, we need to go take a shower.