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Duffy | May 19, 2004 08:10 AM

Yesterday while waiting for an appointment,I read an article in National Geographic Magazine about Blowfish in Japan. It stated that the fish was highly prised cusine and considered the best tasting fish known. However, it is poisonous. In order for it to be served legally, the chef has to be special trained and certified by Japan. Upon ordering it, the diner has to be shown the chef's certification. This is a law in Japan. The chef then removes all that has to be removed to render the dish harmless. So far OK. However, there is a completely seperate culture that bribes the chef to leave a certain amount of the poison in, in order to derive the full flavor. Many chefs will not take the offer, but many will. Thus, diners are eating, and enjoying Blowfish with poison intentionally left in to enhance flavor. Not for me, but I was curious if anyone has any information on this fish. I know we have a species of Blow fish here in the Gulf. Are they also poisonous or even edible? Just curious. thanks for a reply.

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