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(Popular Mechanics)   Five invasive species you should be eating: 1-2) I'll give it a shot, 3-4) NOM NOM NOM, 5) maybe this is where I draw the line   (popularmechanics.com) divider line 156
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2012-05-30 11:23:14 AM
Yeah, #5 was a bit of a stretch for me too. But bring on the other four.
 
2012-05-30 11:28:38 AM
Humans?
 
2012-05-30 11:29:10 AM
1) Lionfish
2) Snakehead Fish
3) Giant Cannibal Shrimp
4) Wild Boar and Feral Pigs
5) Nutria

My opinions:

1) Hmm, why not?
2) I've seen too many pics of their monstrous looking mouths, no thanks.
3) FTA: "These invaders are enormous, growing as long as 13 inches." Are they including those giant antennae in the measurement? If not, then these are my dream shrimps. Either way, shrimp is shrimp, and shrimp is good eatin'.
4) Well, of course! Just means more bacon.
5) These are a member of the rodent family, unless I'm mistaken. So they're giant rats. No thanks.
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2012-05-30 11:35:12 AM
I thought #5 would be humans.
 
2012-05-30 11:37:06 AM

Cythraul: These are a member of the rodent family, unless I'm mistaken. So they're giant rats.


Eh, squirrel's a rodent, and it's pretty tasty. I'd give nutria meat a try.
 
2012-05-30 11:41:10 AM

Cythraul: 5) These are a member of the rodent family, unless I'm mistaken. So they're giant rats. No thanks.


Squirrel is eaten. Same family.
 
2012-05-30 11:43:35 AM

Gonz: Cythraul: These are a member of the rodent family, unless I'm mistaken. So they're giant rats.

Eh, squirrel's a rodent, and it's pretty tasty. I'd give nutria meat a try.


I have never had it, but I hear it is an "acquired taste". I also hear it is best cooked outside, as it doesn't smell all that nice.
 
2012-05-30 11:46:46 AM

Gonz: Cythraul: These are a member of the rodent family, unless I'm mistaken. So they're giant rats.

Eh, squirrel's a rodent, and it's pretty tasty. I'd give nutria meat a try.


2wolves: Cythraul: 5) These are a member of the rodent family, unless I'm mistaken. So they're giant rats. No thanks.

Squirrel is eaten. Same family.


Seriously? I have redneck relatives who regularly hunt that wouldn't touch squirrel meat.
 
2012-05-30 11:49:02 AM
I'll eat a beaver, so why not try a nutria? Same family.
 
2012-05-30 11:50:42 AM
I saw the CNN story the other day about the giant shrimp and that was my only thought. "Well, why don't we just eat the f*ckers?"
 
2012-05-30 11:57:29 AM
The only line I draw comes at insects and arachnids. I envy people who can eat them, though, because when I'm lost in the jungle I will either starve, or be eaten by spiders, I sure as hell couldn't eat one, I couldn't even catch one, just imagining trying to do so now is giving me the heebie-jeebies. I'd rather eat a tree.
 
2012-05-30 12:01:36 PM

Slaxl: The only line I draw comes at insects and arachnids. I envy people who can eat them, though, because when I'm lost in the jungle I will either starve, or be eaten by spiders, I sure as hell couldn't eat one, I couldn't even catch one, just imagining trying to do so now is giving me the heebie-jeebies. I'd rather eat a tree.


Just imagine trying to grab one of those critters with their creepy alien-like bodies with multiple legs and crunchy exoskeleton. Or even worse, imagine trying to eat one while still alive, and it's squirming and jittering around in your mouth as your teeth crunch through its shell and into the chewy center.
 
2012-05-30 12:02:25 PM

Adjective Bird Whiskey: I saw the CNN story the other day about the giant shrimp and that was my only thought. "Well, why don't we just eat the f*ckers?"


My thoughts exactly, plus what about those flying carp that are trying to get into the great lakes? Just get the Newfies after them and tell them it's cod, they'll be extinct in no time.



/I'm allowed to say that
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-05-30 12:05:55 PM
 
2012-05-30 12:07:23 PM

Cythraul: Seriously? I have redneck relatives who regularly hunt that wouldn't touch squirrel meat.


I have redneck relatives who hunt, which is why I've had squirrel meat. To each their own, I guess.
 
2012-05-30 12:09:23 PM
MMMMMMMM Really Jumbo Shrimp and BACON!
 
2012-05-30 12:09:57 PM

Cythraul: Just imagine trying to grab one of those critters with their creepy alien-like bodies with multiple legs and crunchy exoskeleton. Or even worse, imagine trying to eat one while still alive, and it's squirming and jittering around in your mouth as your teeth crunch through its shell and into the chewy center.


You sonofabiatch...

Nutria is my second favorite rodent behind capybara, so I could never eat one. They're too cute.
 
2012-05-30 12:14:30 PM
I read something years ago about how some fashion folks in NYC were promoting Nutria as the new mink.

I don't know how far they got with that.
 
2012-05-30 12:15:38 PM

Cythraul: Slaxl: The only line I draw comes at insects and arachnids. I envy people who can eat them, though, because when I'm lost in the jungle I will either starve, or be eaten by spiders, I sure as hell couldn't eat one, I couldn't even catch one, just imagining trying to do so now is giving me the heebie-jeebies. I'd rather eat a tree.

Just imagine trying to grab one of those critters with their creepy alien-like bodies with multiple legs and crunchy exoskeleton. Or even worse, imagine trying to eat one while still alive, and it's squirming and jittering around in your mouth as your teeth crunch through its shell and into the chewy center.


Hmm, now you put it like that it's not so bad. Feeling it's eyes explode gooey flavour onto my tongue as I bite through it's thorax, and it's hairy legs wiggle and scrape the inside of my mouth. Ooh I want a pet tarantula now... for pet stuff.. not for eating... no definately not for eating. Also I want ketchup. Unrelated.
 
2012-05-30 12:17:11 PM

Slaxl: The only line I draw comes at insects and arachnids. I envy people who can eat them, though, because when I'm lost in the jungle I will either starve, or be eaten by spiders, I sure as hell couldn't eat one, I couldn't even catch one, just imagining trying to do so now is giving me the heebie-jeebies. I'd rather eat a tree.


There are four subphyla of arthropods that are still around. It's interesting that most Westerners go with:
Chelicerates (spiders, scorpions, horseshoe crabs, etc.): Beyond bad.
Myriapods (centipedes, millipedes, etc.): Beyond bad.
Crustaceans (lobsters, other crabs, shrimp, etc.): Delicious! Most expensive things on the menu!
Hexapods (insects): Bad. Maybe if covered in chocolate, but probably not.

As an aside, the Wikipedia page for insects has a looping animated image of a bumblebee pooping. Thanks, Wikipedia.
 
2012-05-30 12:19:11 PM

Slaxl: Hmm, now you put it like that it's not so bad. Feeling it's eyes explode gooey flavour onto my tongue as I bite through it's thorax, and it's hairy legs wiggle and scrape the inside of my mouth. Ooh I want a pet tarantula now... for pet stuff.. not for eating... no definately not for eating. Also I want ketchup. Unrelated.


There are South American tribes that eat tarantula. The liquid stuff that's used to make the spider webs is eaten by the elders as a delicacy. And they have to roast them a bit firs, as tarantula hairs can be very irritating to your skin and mouth.
 
2012-05-30 12:19:22 PM

chimp_ninja: As an aside, the Wikipedia page for insects has a looping animated image of a bumblebee pooping.


That's hot.
 
2012-05-30 12:20:41 PM

Cythraul: Slaxl: Hmm, now you put it like that it's not so bad. Feeling it's eyes explode gooey flavour onto my tongue as I bite through it's thorax, and it's hairy legs wiggle and scrape the inside of my mouth. Ooh I want a pet tarantula now... for pet stuff.. not for eating... no definately not for eating. Also I want ketchup. Unrelated.

There are South American tribes that eat tarantula. The liquid stuff that's used to make the spider webs is eaten by the elders as a delicacy. And they have to roast them a bit firs, as tarantula hairs can be very irritating to your skin and mouth.


Have you ever eaten spider? I bet you have, you sound like you have. You have a spider leg hanging out the corner of your mouth right now.
 
2012-05-30 12:21:30 PM

MBK: I thought #5 would be humans.


What, you want human?
 
2012-05-30 12:22:22 PM

chimp_ninja: As an aside, the Wikipedia page for insects has a looping animated image of a bumblebee pooping. Thanks, Wikipedia.


That's one of the greatest things I've ever seen. Thank you.
 
2012-05-30 12:23:29 PM

exick: Cythraul: Just imagine trying to grab one of those critters with their creepy alien-like bodies with multiple legs and crunchy exoskeleton. Or even worse, imagine trying to eat one while still alive, and it's squirming and jittering around in your mouth as your teeth crunch through its shell and into the chewy center.

You sonofabiatch...

Nutria is my second favorite rodent behind capybara, so I could never eat one. They're too cute.


Same here. They're a blast to feed and play around with.

Just gotta watch out for the babies. They don't know how to differentiate between "food" and "friend". They just take a nibble out of anything and see if it's tasty/aggressive.
 
2012-05-30 12:23:32 PM

SnarfVader: I'll eat a beaver, so why not try a nutria? Same family.


[beavis and butthead.jpg]

heh heh heh...
 
2012-05-30 12:24:10 PM
i45.tinypic.com

The big one can feed a large group of people.
 
2012-05-30 12:32:04 PM

Cythraul: 5) These are a member of the rodent family, unless I'm mistaken. So they're giant rats. No thanks.


www.topito.com
 
2012-05-30 12:32:25 PM

chimp_ninja: As an aside, the Wikipedia page for insects has a looping animated image of a bumblebee pooping. Thanks, Wikipedia.


2 bees, 1 buttercup?
 
2012-05-30 12:32:29 PM
well, yeah you can eat these things. Thought rodents do carry some cultural baggage here in the u.s., maybe elsewhere as well.

And carp as mentioned above.

But not just animals. Plants as well.

Kudzu is supposed to be fairly tasty. Bamboo shoots, thought some need par boiling to remove bitterness.
 
2012-05-30 12:33:06 PM
Lionfish? Really?

FTFWiki: Lionfish are known for their venomous fin rays, a feature that is uncommon among marine fish in the East Coast coral reefs. Stings from Lionfish are quite painful and it is recommended to seek immediate medical attention after being stung. The potency of their venom makes them excellent predators and poisonous to fishermen and divers. ... In humans, Pterois venom can cause systemic effects such as extreme pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, breathing difficulties, convulsions, dizziness and sweating. Fatalities are commonly in children under the age of seven, the elderly, those with a weak immune system or those who are allergic to their venom. However, they are rarely fatal to humans, but their stings are strong enough to produce a lot of discomfort up to several days.

I suppose that doesn't affect their meat any, similar to Japanese Fugu, but at least one idiot is going to read this article, try catching their own and get their dumb ass stung.
 
2012-05-30 12:33:25 PM

Cythraul: 1) Lionfish

My opinions:

1) Hmm, why not?


Lionfish are known for their venomous fin rays, a feature that is uncommon among marine fish in the East Coast coral reefs. Stings from Lionfish are quite painful and it is recommended to seek immediate medical attention after being stung. The potency of their venom makes them excellent predators and poisonous to fishermen and divers.[2] Pterois venom produced negative inotropic and chronotropic effects when tested in both frog and clam hearts[19] and has a depressing effect on rabbit blood pressure.[20] These results are thought to be due to nitric oxide release.[6] In humans, Pterois venom can cause systemic effects such as extreme pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, breathing difficulties, convulsions, dizziness and sweating. Fatalities are commonly in children under the age of seven, the elderly, those with a weak immune system or those who are allergic to their venom.
 
2012-05-30 12:33:45 PM
1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Yes
4. Yes
5. Well, I did in Planescape: Torment, so why not IRL?
 
2012-05-30 12:35:56 PM

Theaetetus: Cythraul: 1) Lionfish

My opinions:

1) Hmm, why not?

Lionfish are known for their venomous fin rays, a feature that is uncommon among marine fish in the East Coast coral reefs. Stings from Lionfish are quite painful and it is recommended to seek immediate medical attention after being stung. The potency of their venom makes them excellent predators and poisonous to fishermen and divers.[2] Pterois venom produced negative inotropic and chronotropic effects when tested in both frog and clam hearts[19] and has a depressing effect on rabbit blood pressure.[20] These results are thought to be due to nitric oxide release.[6] In humans, Pterois venom can cause systemic effects such as extreme pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, breathing difficulties, convulsions, dizziness and sweating. Fatalities are commonly in children under the age of seven, the elderly, those with a weak immune system or those who are allergic to their venom.


You do realize that there are many venomous species that can be eaten just fine, yes? They're not all fugu.

For your education. :)
 
2012-05-30 12:36:32 PM

chimp_ninja: As an aside, the Wikipedia page for insects has a looping animated image of a bumblebee pooping. Thanks, Wikipedia.


HAHAHAHA
 
2012-05-30 12:37:56 PM
Seems like a reasonable approach.

My old boss used to tell the tale of a severe Snail infestation at his undergrad school campus. The problem got pretty bad for the landscaping, etc. so the school's solution was to distribute pamphlets that detailed the process for collecting the snails, "cleaning them out" on a bed of cornmeal for several days, then included many recipes for preparation.

Apparently, it took a little while to catch on; at first only the most broke-ass students (and those who'd lost a bet) would actually try the recipes, but as the story goes, by the end of the second year of pamphlet distribution, the snail population was not only in-check, but at record-level lows. He says the pamphlets are still available, but no longer distributed to every student as a matter of policy.
 
2012-05-30 12:39:39 PM
A 5 item list spread across 5 pages... pass.
 
2012-05-30 12:42:26 PM
A coonass, who will skin and prepare just about anything (and it will be good, I gar-on-tee!), won't eat nutria, and the Louisiana swamps are filled with those little bastards.

No way, no how, not even if it tastes like pumpkin pie.


/ or crawfish étouffée.
 
2012-05-30 12:42:48 PM
Now, if we could find a tasty invasive species that only lives on kudzu, things would be wonderful...
 
2012-05-30 12:47:40 PM

Barfmaker: Adjective Bird Whiskey: I saw the CNN story the other day about the giant shrimp and that was my only thought. "Well, why don't we just eat the f*ckers?"

My thoughts exactly, plus what about those flying carp that are trying to get into the great lakes? Just get the Newfies after them and tell them it's cod, they'll be extinct in no time.



/I'm allowed to say that


The carp one is really simple I thought: catch the suckers, grind them into meal and feed to the trout farms.

/the downside for economic solutions is it ends up encouraging people to keep the pest species.
 
2012-05-30 12:48:38 PM
Swamp Beaver? I think I knew a girl in college called that.
 
2012-05-30 12:50:30 PM

Cythraul: 1) Lionfish
2) Snakehead Fish
3) Giant Cannibal Shrimp
4) Wild Boar and Feral Pigs
5) Nutria


1-3. Sure, why not? And #3 demands a, "yo dawg, I heard you liked skrimps."
4. Have. Wild boar is tasty.
5. Wouldn't be my first choice, but I'm sure somebody down in nutria country has figured out how to cook 'em up okay. Nutria jambalaya? Okay.
 
2012-05-30 12:57:04 PM
i279.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-30 01:01:39 PM

MBK: I thought #5 would be humans.


Soylent Green?
 
2012-05-30 01:03:12 PM
I am curious about lionfish, how they are cleaned, prepared, and presented.

Merely handled with gloves and everything scraped off?

Baked with the fins still on?
 
2012-05-30 01:06:14 PM

whither_apophis: The carp one is really simple I thought: catch the suckers, grind them into meal and feed to the trout farms.


The little pieces of carp grow into big carp.
 
2012-05-30 01:07:10 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i45.tinypic.com image 300x450]

The big one can feed a large group of people.


The one in the middle has a good amount of ass. Although a biatchewy.
 
2012-05-30 01:08:18 PM
Also, yeah, four out of five tasty ways you can contribute to your local environment :D.
 
2012-05-30 01:09:36 PM

RoyBatty: I am curious about lionfish, how they are cleaned, prepared, and presented.

Merely handled with gloves and everything scraped off?

Baked with the fins still on?


Everything You Want to Know About Lionfish Preparation
 
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