Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Snake Eggs

Among the assorted oddities that find their way into my neighbors' stomachs while we attend our annual hootenany, this one bears some critical consideration. The snake, a rattler, was chased up by the hounds, captured by Paul, our resident herpetologist, who after a stimulating lecture on the sex life of snakes, handed the beheaded beast to me to clean and cook. Snake itself is not terribly unusual tasting, on the contrary rather mild. This is why the simplest of cooking methods works best. But look closely at what else I found inside. They are eggs. Rattlers bear live young, so these are soft undeveloped eggs. They look like beans. They cook like fresh beans, and perversely enough they are starchy like a bean. If you had handed me one to eat I would have guessed a long and gently cooked Phaseolus. I guess egg yolks are starchy too. Now if commercial sales of rattler becomes a practical reality, I will be able to recommend a real nose to tail approach to crotalophagia, everything but the rattle, as they say.

10 comments:

Unknown said...

I'm sorry I was rehearsing when the eggs got et, but I regret more that I didn't just pop one in my mouth when I was holding the little jewel...

aaron said...

Long time reader but never felt the need to comment, until now.

Wow, just wow.

Ken Albala said...

Thanks Aaron. Chime in any time!

deana sidney said...

Whoa... snake eggs? That is remarkable. I had snake once and it was sort of like chicken but more like frog. One bite was plenty. I don't know if I would have been able to try the eggs... for some reason that is cringe-making. Brave you!

Gujjar said...

What is stronger than a mother's love? The smell of spring onions on your girl's breath. Poppy

AML said...

I haven't tried eating a snake, though some says it's delicious depending how they cook it but I'm afraid to try. Those eggs inside the rattler were amazing.

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