Exotic Meat - Web site
I feel like this has to be a joke, but I don't think it is. http://www.exoticmeatmarket.com/
Racoon meat is $10 a pound - I can't believe there is a market for people who want to eat racoon, but don't want to shoot racoon.
Rat meat - coming soon? Legally imported from China?
Wild turkey is outrageous as well.
At least where I live you could probably get a hunting license and a gun for the price of $10 of meat...
About twenty years ago I worked for an importer of exotic game. In addition to the usual, which was then considered "exotic", i.e., squab, grouse, quail, venison, I would get requests for cockscomb, white kidneys (read, duck testicles), beaver paddles (tails), duck paddles (feet), duck blood (illegal) and the one that sent me running for cover: 1 lb. pig fetuses. Had to quit the job after that one.
Several years ago Louisiana spent major money on hiring big name chefs to promote recipes for nutria, a huge pest in the Bayou. The PR failed. I remember an article in which someone suggested that in addition to being a gigantic rodent, perhaps people were turned off by its foot long, round tail. Ewww.
In college, my eccentric BF made a squirrel stroganoff. It was quite delicious. He invited his friends who brought the GFs, and everyone raved about it, until he mentioned that it was squirrel, the girls giggled, and then he produced the carcasses, and they ran to their cars. Different strokes for different folks.
Wow -- I just spent an hour reading their website. Some comments:
Since real wild-caught/shot "game" meat generally can't be sold in the USA, this place is in part a catalog of farm-raised meats in many categories. I'm most impressed -- and even more impressed at the prices!
Too bad about the blue fin tuna, orange roughy, and other somewhat endangered fishes on their website. I hate to see that. I'm really curious about the "colossal" shrimp at 2-4 shrimp per lb. -- sounds heavenly, but not at that price.
Only a few of the species are not "game," for example rattlesnake...they are in the "pest" category most places, but of course all the game laws vary state by state. From a rattlesnake roundup website: (http://www.rattlesnakehunt.com/
Sell Your Catch!! All Live Rattlesnakes will be Purchased for Top Market Price
(No gassed snakes purchased)
(No gas or firearms allowed in hunt areas)
(Snake catchers for rent or sale while they last)
(Registration $3/person -- for hunters only)
A certain famous hotel here in Colorado (think Jack Nicholson) makes a dynamite rattlesnake chili. The prep cooks don't much enjoy making it, though. It's doesn't taste or mouth-feel anything like chicken, BTW. I'd call it a cross between turtle and frog legs.
I live way up in the hills here, and I don't hunt. But I get to taste some pretty interesting meats from the folks who do hunt, and offer bribes for accessing private land here:
Possum is certainly missing, as CharlieKilo pointed out. I far prefer possum over squirrel. And where is the Emu? Geez, we can buy and eat emu all day around here. I didn't see any mountain lion, which is surprisingly good in sausage (though I imagine ranching them for meat would be a tricky proposition). No pronghorn, either (often improperly called "antelope" in the western USA), which I like in both sausage and burgers. And no blue grouse? They had Chukars at least, but those are really related to quail I think. No farm-raised walleye? Or pike? Or steelhead, or trout? Even a farmed walleye tastes darned good.
Some really good, wild and home-catched food you can get on your own, that you can't buy on that website?
* Blue grouse stuffed with cream cheese and jalapeños..
* Wild-caught, deep-fried walleye and hushpuppies
* Northern Pike fillets with marinated red pepper sauce
* Pronghorn "antelope" sausage with peaches and sauerkraut
Anyway -- I suppose all I meant to say was that "exotic" meats are in the eye of the beholder. And if the townies want to pay big bucks for them, more power to us hillbillies. But I think I'll hire someone else to feed my new pen full of pumas every day....they keep nabbing all the damned blue grouse instead of the squirrels I toss in there.
(with tongue firmly in cheek)
re: babette feasts
I agree, but i am sure they sell a lot more elk and yak than rat and raccoon. There seems to be a small segment of the population always looking for something new or rare or obscure. I guess I might try a bite of some of those things if the stars aligned just right, but wouldn't seek them out or order them.