Published on: October 7, 2019by Kevin Coupe
In Ecuador, the Associated Press reports, there's a new dessert that has captured people's imaginations.
Guinea pig ice cream.
Made … yes … with actual guinea pigs.
It is being sold at an ice cream stall "next to a highway linking the Ecuadorian capital of Quito to the city of Sangolqui … The stall owner is María del Carmen Pilapaña, whose offbeat offering inspires disbelief and laughter among first-time customers.
"Pilapaña’s operation is small. It consists of two tables in an open area lined with dentists’ clinics and other businesses. Even so, demand is growing. Every week, the entrepreneur prepares 150 servings ($1 for a cone) of guinea pig ice cream. She also makes 40 servings of ice cream flavored with beetles, also traditionally eaten as a salty snack, and a smaller amount of mushroom ice cream."
It is not entirely an outlier in terms of local cuisine: "The rodents are a traditional hot dish in some Latin American countries, including Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. In Ecuador, people typically cook guinea pigs with salt and serve them with potatoes and peanut sauce."
“The guinea pig is a very important ancient food in Andean indigenous societies, especially for its high protein content,” says Carolina Páez, director of the anthropology school of the Catholic University in Quito, “so there is no reason to be amazed that Ecuadorians eat guinea pigs, even in ice cream.”
One customer assessed it this way: "I was suspicious, but it was tasty."
This is what I call an Eye-Opener.
(And the good news is that if any fur gets through, it can serve as bonus floss.)
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