Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Bush Meat

Following on from our previous post, some of our readers may be concerned about our penchant for eating wild and possibly endangered animals.

Do not be concerned.

Unlike on the continent where much of the bushmeat derives from endangered species, here we eat common and/or introduced species. The aforementioned fruit bat (Eidolon helvum) is continent-wide. Wild pig, mona monkeys, civet cats were all introduced to our islands.

The only animals that are endangered, and which I will not eat, are the turtles that lay their eggs on our beaches.

On a culinary note I highly recommend fruit bat and monkey. Their natural diets are … fruits. Thus the meat is rich and sweet. Fruit bat is a little small, but if you can cope with a quail or pigeon, you can cope with a bat. Monkey, unless previously butchered, has a somewhat hominoid appearance that can be somewhat off-puttin

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