Featured Question with Forrest: Porcupine Ponderings
In Scrapbook 49 ( Sweet Fragrances) you talked about many different spices. In your book, The Thrill of the Chase, you mention the taste of porcupine. I was wondering…..which spice do you think would be best used on porcupine so it doesn’t taste so much like kerosene. ~ j
No spice can soften that taste. Forest wisdom during the mountain man era was don’t kill the porcupine if you have anything else to eat. Save him for when you’re starving. The poor animal, whose face has no flattering angles, walks with a slow waddle, which makes him easy to catch.
In the Rocky Mountains Porky spends a lot of time eating most parts of a pine tree, including needles, cones, and bark. His meat tastes like what he eats. I ate one once, and if I had to choose between doing it again, and collapsing of malnourishment, I’d have to think about it for a while. f
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