Saturday, January 27, 2007

Today's Food Trivia: Aardvark

A fine low-carb food, that aardvark. According to my new Oxford Companion to Food, aardvarks have a good reputation as human foods and tastes like pork. Since it "has the reputation" as being good, I assume the author of the Oxford Companion never ate any. I've had Ostrich and Buffalo, but never have I seen aardvark on the menu! Aardvarks are "one of a kind"--they have no relation to any other animal group, but their name, which comes from the South African Dutch, means "earth pig" because they root and tunnel into the ground, where they eat termites and such until they can grow as large as 6' long and 220 lbs. That would make some fine aardvark steaks.

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