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Does anyone know where to buy Iguana Meat

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Daniel76 Feb 7, 2012 11:02 AM

I am a caterer and have been asked to make an extreme menu for this party.. They are looking for a dish of Iguana... I need to find a place that sells Iguana for 30 people. Is this legal., are there places I can buy this stuff?

Thanks

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    Amy Mintzer Feb 8, 2012 06:01 AM

    It's eaten in Mexico and maybe throughout Central America. This may be of interest!
    http://www.tampabay.com/features/huma...

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      Veggo Feb 8, 2012 08:51 AM

      My house is in Manatee County where we had a lot of them until 2 winters ago. They hang out and sun themselves near water because when danger approaches they prefer to slip into water rather than run away or climb a tree because they are so lazy. So they congregate around docks, bulkheads, boats, and pool patios, and they crap everywhere and it's nasty as crap goes. Boaters and pool owners hate them the most.

      The freezes in Florida the last 2 winters wiped a lot of them out. They sleep in trees at night and they would freeze and fall out of the trees by morning, dead as a hammer.

      I'm not aware of any commercial source, and they aren't farmed. (Unless you want to consider Puerto Rico a farm!) Maybe the OP could hire an iguana hunter in Florida? They are all free-range...if that would make them sound more appealing on a menu.

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        FoodFuser Feb 9, 2012 03:04 PM

        Yep. Puerto Rico is in the process of eradicating 4 million iguanas, with hopes to sell meat to us gringos. Classic ecology of introduced species now out of control. A google of P Rico should land you a freezer full. Quoted price is to date, Six dollars a pound. I dunno if that's skinless and boneless, or in this case, crest-less and toe-less But for that price, don't expect neither tongue nor the tail, as they are reserved locally. I defer any knowledge as to such ritual.

        Everglades hunters should go first for the Pythons. If the meat is like rattlesnake, it would make for some thick cross-sectional steaks.

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          UnitedNationsOfFood Feb 10, 2012 09:40 PM

          FoodFuser, that's the line of the week: " I dunno if that's skinless and boneless, or in this case, crest-less and toe-less."

          Thank you for that. Hilarious.

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      Mr Porkchop Feb 8, 2012 08:04 AM

      Maybe you can get on the ground floor of this? http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world...

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        Glendale is hungry Feb 8, 2012 10:18 AM

        Hi Daniel76,

        If you succeed, iguana know how it went, if you tried the stuff and if it was good.

        Tastes just like chicken? Please report back. I'm curious.

        Iguana know.

        Ciao,

        Glendale is hungry...

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          Daniel76 Feb 8, 2012 11:33 AM

          Thanks, i certainly will.. i have found a source online for 60 bucks a pound.. that seems ridiculously expensive for something i would prefer not to eat.. Maybe I can take iguana and chicken and make a terrine or something.. But, yeh, iguana was specifically requested. And my job is to make people happy, so it will be fun to do this.

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            redfish62 Feb 8, 2012 11:59 AM

            Buy some Alligator tail and tell them it is Iguana, it is much easier to find and costs a lot less than $60 a pound.

            They're both reptiles and taste like chicken so what the heck.

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              Daniel76 Feb 9, 2012 11:01 AM

              sounds like it would work,i just obviously can't lie to a customer.

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          secondbecky Feb 8, 2012 10:20 AM

          next try to find Kimodo Dragon. Ah, the Freshman... what a great Broderick/ Brando flick...

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            lambretta76 Feb 9, 2012 06:48 PM

            Old article, but perhaps it could be of help?

            http://webspinners.com/coloherp/cb-ne...

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            Sdenred Sep 11, 2012 07:36 AM

            Try putting a call into Fossil Farms. They might know: http://www.fossilfarms.com/

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              swannee Sep 11, 2012 07:52 AM

              I've eaten both iguana and alligator and they don't taste alike. Alligator tastes like a cross between tough chicken and monkfish; iguana is much stronger, has stringier meat, and was generally rather unpleasant. I ate it in Colombia and Ecuador.

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