Yes, But Would You Eat It? “F” is for Fugu

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge! Each day in April (except Sundays) I’ll be posting about unusual and exotic foods.

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It’s called fugu in Japanese, but you might know it as a pufferfish. Fugu can be poisonous unless it’s prepared correctly. The toxic parts of the fish must be carefully removed. There are strict controls over the restaurant preparation of fugu, and only chefs who have undergone three or more years of difficult training are allowed to prepare the fugu.

The liver of the fugu contains tetrodotoxin, which is 1,200 times more lethal than cyanide. But it’s the liver that everyone wants! Qualified chefs prepare paper-thin slices of fugu sashimi.

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So, would you eat the fugu?

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14 thoughts on “Yes, But Would You Eat It? “F” is for Fugu

  1. Fascinating!!! I wonder how many have been poisoned or died. I also wonder how they came to eat it, love it, and learn it might or might not be poisonous. DAMN! Now I have to do some more research Martha (That’s a good thing!)

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  2. I’ve seen them and have read about chefs preparing them. I don’t know if I’m brave enough to try it as I would have to trust that the chef removed the poisonous part. I think I’ll skip it.

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