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Jellied Moose Nose Is A Delicacy In Some Canadian Indigenous Communities
By Nico Danilovich
Jellied moose nose might sound unconventional for those outside Canada, but it's counted among the world's unexpectedly great treats. Many indigenous cultures in northwest Canada have long considered jellied moose nose a delicacy, and for centuries it has kept their communities fed in the wilderness.
When preparing a jellied moose nose, Atlas Obscura explains that once the moose's fur is removed, the white and dark meat gets sliced up and cooked alongside spices. Some chefs also mix in other moose head parts, like lips and ears, and then it is left to cool before being laid into a meatloaf pan doused with broth.
Refrigeration is the last step that solidifies it all together, and the final product is a textured jelly that's sometimes served with bread. Folks continue to eat the dish today, as the Gwich'in indigenous community of Northwest Canada and Alaska still feast on this little-known delicacy, and Andrew Zimmern said it had a somewhat "corned beef flavor" on his show "Bizzare Foods."