Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Ten Things Darwin Ate

  1. An Agouti (while on the Beagle voyage). Darwin remarked that the Agouti was just about the best thing he had ever tasted.

  2. An Owl (while a member of the "Gourmet Club" at Cambridge University)

  3. A Hawk (while a member of the "Gourmet Club" at Cambridge University)

  4. A Bittern (while a member of the "Gourmet Club" at Cambridge University)

  5. An Armadillo (while on the Beagle voyage), which he said tasted and looked like duck when served in the kitchen.

  6. A Puma (while on the Beagle voyage). He said it tasted like veal.

  7. Giant tortoises (in the Galapagos while on the Beagle voyage). Darwin liked the taste of giant tortoise so much, he loaded up 48 to be eaten on the voyage back.
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  8. A Lesser Rhea (while on the Beagle voyage). While consuming the bird at dinner, he realized this was the smaller specimen of Rhea he had been looking for, and he sent the uneaten parts of the bird back to the Zoological Society. They named the new species Rhea darwinii.

  9. Land Iguana (in the Galapagos, while on the Beagle voyage).

  10. Greater Rhea (while on the Beagle voyage).

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1 comment:

Carole Mathey said...

Different times, to be sure.