Is Eating Rooster Comb a Big Cock-a-Doodle Don't?

roosterLast week it was horse semen; this week rooster comb is on the menu. Is there anything people won't eat?

The Mohawk-shaped fleshy red skin on the top of a rooster's head is thought to have medicinal properties; for example, doctors sometimes recommend rooster comb injections as treatment for arthritis because it is an effective lubricant for joints.

But now a Spanish food company wants to bring the consumption of rooster combs to the mainstream. Mmmmm.

But are our palates ready for such extreme cuisine?


It should come as a great relief to the less adventurous eaters among us that the company plans to start small with rooster combs -- adding the extract to dairy foods, including milks, yogurts, and cheese.

But who knows what the future holds in store in terms of the humble rooster comb making its way into our everyday diet. After all, it's considered a delicacy in many countries, particularly in Spain and China, where it sometimes makes an appearance in places like soups and stir-fries. The comb is said to make people who eat it virile and strong -- much like the animal from which it wobbles a top.

And how does it go down, you ask? Words like flaccid, wobbly, and rubbery are often used to describe its rather unique flavor and mouth-feel. Allegedly, it's similar to chicken feet in terms of taste and texture.

Mmmmm ... I can't wait until it finds its way into my stir-fry.

Would you eat rooster comb?


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