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2007-04-01 Caribbean-Latin America
You'd be right to smell a rat about Venezuela's favourite 'fish' dish
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Posted by Dave D. 2007-04-01 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6479 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Unlike other South American countries, including Argentina and Brazil, where capybaras are raised mainly for their hides, in Venezuela the rodent's meat is a delicacy, fetching prices almost double those for beef.

Shows what they know. No rat steaks for me, thank you.

That may have something to do with the taste of salted capybara - it resembles a mixture of sardines and pork - and the fact that the animal spends much of its time in the water.

"High in omega-3 acids!"

"Less filling!"

"We're conditioned poorly to think of rodents as rats in sewers and such things,"

Well, yes, at 140 pounds or not, they’re still rodents.

Capybara aficionados include President Hugo Chavez


… never mind that capybaras have some unusual habits, such as eating their own faeces, and that the method used to kill them usually involves clubbing the animal's head.

Yoo hoo, Hugo, we’re looking at you!

"Capybara is an exquisite meat that deserves prominent status."

Unlike Mr. Chavez.

The hunt also poses risks for the hunters: piranhas and small caimans swim in the same waters. And adult capybaras are known to bite when threatened.

Just as with Chavez, I’ll worry more about the piranhas and caimans, thank you.

"Capybara is a product with a bright future ahead of it."

Unlike Hugo Chavez.
Posted by Zenster">Zenster  2007-04-01 01:23||   2007-04-01 01:23|| Front Page Top

#2 Bah. If I want rats the size of Labrador retrievers I'll hang out in the Philly subway system.
Posted by Jonathan">Jonathan  2007-04-01 12:40||   2007-04-01 12:40|| Front Page Top

#3 emmmm! capybara emmmmm!
Posted by mhw 2007-04-01 18:22||   2007-04-01 18:22|| Front Page Top

#4 Squirrels and rabbits are also rodents, and lots of people eat them. Uuummmm, squirrel gumbo!
Posted by Old Patriot">Old Patriot  2007-04-01 23:22||]">[]  2007-04-01 23:22|| Front Page Top

#5 Squirrels and rabbits are also rodents, and lots of people eat them. Uuummmm, squirrel gumbo!
Posted by Old Patriot">Old Patriot  2007-04-01 23:28||]">[]  2007-04-01 23:28|| Front Page Top

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