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Eating free-range, corn-fed leg of armadillo - One of the tastiest things I've tried in my life


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Eating free-range, corn-fed leg of armadillo - One of the tastiest things I've tried in my life

rworange | | Oct 14, 2010 11:15 PM

1. Armadillos have tiny legs

2. I didn't know what I was eating

3. I was guessing it was some sort of deep-fried goose or turkey

4. It was fabulous

It was crispy on the outside with succulent, rich meat. My first thought was turkey, but the bone was too small and this was richer tasting. Think of the best turkey or goose you've ever had ... but much, much better.

Through some misunderstanding, I thought they said something that sounded like goose, but couldn't find it on the internet, so my stepdaugher searched and found a photo of an armadillo so I was clear on what I just ate.

From my understanding they hang out in the Guatemalan milpa fields which are mainly corn. More about milpa fields here

I'm not sure if it actually eats the corn. Must armadillo species eat grubs, worms and ants. An armadillo can eat 40,000 ants in one meal. However some species of armadillo eat plants ad fruit as well.

There was something about armadillo being good for your health ... except for the leprocy. thing. .However, I'll have to get details tommorrow. Digesting the fact I just ate armadilllo was enough for one night.

Here's a great video ... seriously great ... and in English ... about a reporter in Columbia at an armadillo BBQ, so to speak.

What cracks me up is that is pretty similar to my nabe in Guatemala. The nice touch is the cook seems to have a fast-food type of uniform .... spiffy white cap and red apron. Then there's the guy standing there with his pet armadillo ... truly funny.

The reporter said that his tasted like steak. The reports on the web say pork, beef or chicken (nope, not chicken).

I can see why some people would say pork. The smell of it cooking was the smell of lard ... and my family NEVER uses lard.

So, I was wondering what was up. When I got the armadillo leg I figured for some reason they decided to fry some sort of poultry in lard and it was greasy, glorious goodness.

Greasy like bacon is greasy ... good greasy. It had sort of a carnitas texture about it. I was ithinking that maybe this was some sort of goose carnitas and that was why they used what smelled like lard.

I can't seem to break anyone of just buying what they like and not always thinking of cost. Really, I'll spend the extra 12 cents for the tortillas, don't wander all over town looking for a better price. Anyway, it seems there was also armadillo meat available but the price was deemed prohibitive ... about $20 lb. The legs were only $3.50 lb.

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