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Iceland’s poisonous seafood delicacy

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Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. 2017):

All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World's Most Misunderstood Predator by Blaise Jones
All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator by Blaise Jones

Hákarl is a national food in Iceland that is made from rotten Greenland shark or other sleeper shark.

Fresh meat of Greenland sharks is poisonous to humans, but Icelandic ancestors learned ages ago that if they let the meat rot for months they can turn this huge animal into something people can eat.

The shark meat is first buried in the ground for months to spoil, then it is hung up in shacks to ferment and dry in the elements for another couple months.

Often cut into small cubes to eat, the putrefied meat is said to smell like ammonia and produce gags by those trying to eat who are not used to the delicacy.

 

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