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Would you eat freshly killed seal eyeball jelly?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM

You can watch arctic explorer Brue Parry eat it in the far north of Greenland. It is a well made programme.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00xjyfx/Arctic_with_Bruce_Parry_Greenland/

You can watch it for the next three weeks online.

Bruce Parry journeys to the far north of Greenland, home to the last traditional Inuit hunters.

Bruce experiences the realities of life - and death - on a seal hunt, and learns how climate change is threatening their ancient way of life.

But while global warming is causing problems for the hunters, it is providing others with new opportunities. As the vast Greenland ice sheet melts, new mineral riches are being revealed. Bruce works with a mining team who are about to strike it big. Greenland is changing fast - but will there still be a place for hunters in the Arctic of the twenty-first Century?

I think we are probably a lot more sqeemish about what we eat compared to our distant ancestors :)

As well as eyeballs are there any similar strange foods that you have had the opportunity to taste? What were they like to eat?

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on August 14, 2011
at 08:58 PM

When you live in coastal SC,anything not breaded and deep fried is exotic.

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on August 11, 2011
at 06:43 AM

what's exotic about lotus roots? it's tasty and i always thought it was normal in chinese cooking?

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on April 06, 2011
at 02:11 PM

Um, no. Guess that makes me a paleo-wimp!

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on January 23, 2011
at 02:46 AM

Gee, you make that sound delicious. ;) Heh. I don't think I'll ever be trying an eyeball.

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on January 22, 2011
at 04:36 AM

I don't remember them tasting like mushrooms. Similar texture though (same with Calimari), chewy rubbery, bleh... I prefer a steak that melts in my mouth to chewing snails/mushrooms for minutes before choking it down...

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on January 21, 2011
at 11:15 PM

You really think snails taste like mushrooms? Oh, jeez ... I am NOT a big fan of mushrooms, but I LOVE snails. Now every time I eat them I'm going to think about what you said, darn it.

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on January 21, 2011
at 06:53 PM

Snails really do taste like mushrooms! Love 'em!

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on January 21, 2011
at 03:58 PM

Buche(stomach) tacos are delicious.Snails taste like mushrooms,and bone marrow is addictive..makes you feel so high energy.

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on January 21, 2011
at 03:16 PM

Things like this are why I'm glad I'm alive in this day and age. I don't HAVE to eat the funky stuff. Squeamish? Maybe, but day by day in every way, I'm glad I can eat steaks and not have to eat eyeballs and internals...

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on January 21, 2011
at 06:53 PM

Snails really do taste like mushrooms! Love 'em!

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

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on January 21, 2011
at 03:58 PM

Buche(stomach) tacos are delicious.Snails taste like mushrooms,and bone marrow is addictive..makes you feel so high energy.

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on January 21, 2011
at 11:15 PM

You really think snails taste like mushrooms? Oh, jeez ... I am NOT a big fan of mushrooms, but I LOVE snails. Now every time I eat them I'm going to think about what you said, darn it.

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on January 22, 2011
at 04:36 AM

I don't remember them tasting like mushrooms. Similar texture though (same with Calimari), chewy rubbery, bleh... I prefer a steak that melts in my mouth to chewing snails/mushrooms for minutes before choking it down...

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on January 21, 2011
at 03:03 PM

Andrew Zimmern hasn't got anything on me.I've made it through (and enjoyed) foods he couldn't stomach. Durian fruit is delicious,it tastes like fruity ice cream.Thousand year old eggs I didn't dig so much.Right now I'm experimenting with hog stomach,lotus roots, and jellyfish(not in the same dish).Eyeballs..meh.I'd try it,but heard it tastes exactly like it what it looks like it tastes like.However,the great thing about random animal bits you aren't sure of:You can always make yummy sausage :)

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on August 11, 2011
at 06:43 AM

what's exotic about lotus roots? it's tasty and i always thought it was normal in chinese cooking?

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

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on August 14, 2011
at 08:58 PM

When you live in coastal SC,anything not breaded and deep fried is exotic.

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on January 23, 2011
at 02:42 AM

I've had all sort of eyeballs. They're nothing special, it's sort of like popping a pimple in your mouth, not the best eating experience ever - they don't really have much flavour... And then there is this chalky bit in the middle that's really bitter and sets the whole thing off. But basically... You know the cartilage bits on the end of chicken drumsticks? Basically the same thing minus the occular goop.

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on January 23, 2011
at 02:46 AM

Gee, you make that sound delicious. ;) Heh. I don't think I'll ever be trying an eyeball.

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on January 22, 2011
at 03:00 AM

one of the most awesome things I ever had was white fungus and lotus seed soup at a Chinese restaurant in Dubai. It looked very odd and other worldly, and gelatinous. but it was tasty. if the opportunity arose I would, but I doubt I would make a regular habit of it.

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on January 21, 2011
at 02:47 PM

I'm not that squeamish of an eater. My friends run an amazing nose-to-tail restaurant here in Atlanta, Holeman & Finch Public House. I tried a lamb eyeball once.

Not going to lie--it was nasty. But I have a bit of a problem with anything you have to chew on a bit. Fish eyeballs are a little less weird, but still not really my thing.

But, to answer the initial question, yeah, sure I'd try it. I'll pretty much try anything.

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