Featured Question with Forrest: Porcupine Ponderings

porcupinesDear Forrest,
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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33 Responses

  1. Jenny Kile says:

    Thanks Forrest…lol….It tastes that bad?? You have me wanting to taste it just to know how bad something can be!

    • Spallies says:

      I am curious as to how bad it taste too Jenny… But I am pretty sure if it’s that bad I would spit it out real fast…. Maybe I don’t need to know… I think I will take Forrests word on this one…:)

  2. Jdiggins says:

    I would try it… if I had to. 🙂
    Missed this segment! Thanks Jenny, and thanks Forrest!!!

  3. Moonshadow says:

    I don’t know why, but I think I know what it would taste like. I think I would bypass the middleman and eat the pine needles.
    Thanks for the question Jenny and the answer Forrest.

  4. E* says:

    Jenny – When I read about what Osborne Russell said about porcupines,…I wondered if Forrest’s taster was off. And I think they are really cute,…from this angle:


    And I guess they are really smart, too:


  5. Jenny/Sixer says:

    Hi E*! You’ve been busy…..I need some time to catch up to you! :)…. Thanks for your sharing though,…I will look into it all more later.

  6. JC1117 says:

    A Great Man I love once said, “Consider the lilies…”. I reason that He could just as easily have said, “Ponder the porcupines…” because He loves them all.


  7. astree says:

    I’m thing about passing on breakfast this morning. On my traffic-weary commutes to work, I often listen to book-on-CD, and am currently listening to “The Bone Season” (Samanatha Shannon) – a group of captured humans has learned to eat whatever they must, to survive. The tastes are sometimes described.

    “In the Rocky Mountains Porky” looks like it contains some codes, caps PRIM being one of them.

  8. inthechaseto says:

    Porcupines Oh My! My dog, Aspen had a unfortunate lunch time meeting with a porcupine once. I say “once” because he is smart. With three quills in his face it could have been worse. We heard that if you cut the tips off before pulling out the quills – it lets the air out and they come out easier. I don’t think anything about it was easy.

    Before we chased that critter out of our forest, with air guns and over to our neighbors (we were in a water war with them) – he had already eaten the tops off of three of our pine trees – killing them. Destructive little guys they are – maybe that’s why they taste so rotten.

    Maybe,somewhere along the path to the treasure there will be more dead “pine” trees – just a guess.

  9. lia says:

    Watching porcupine quills be removed from my dog Thor’s nose was curiosity enough for us both. If a reference to the Pogo comic strip on human nature – Wickipedia info: Pogo combined both sophisticated wit and slapstick physical comedy in a heady mix of allegory, Irish poetry, literary whimsy, puns and wordplay, lushly detailed artwork and broad burlesque humor. Sounds like a Forrest fit or fitting for Forrest.

  10. Mark J says:

    Forrest, Hopefully, if you are in this situation again, while you are thinking about what you want to do something a little more palatable will walk by.

  11. William says:

    I’m curious how you would go about field dressing one? It seems like a job all around for very little in return if they don’t taste good. I hunt and pretty much everything has a game taste to it 🙂

  12. Tom Terrific says:

    How do porcupines make love? Very carefully! Seriously? Eat one of those when so many other, better tasting critters are so easy to catch? Once I taught my sons how to grapple for catfish in the Lower Pecos River near Carlsbad Caverns NM, soon they were breaking the law grappling for trout where cold waters begin, that was an unintended consequence of trying to teach your kids survival skills. While in the Amphibious Navy during Vietnam, nothing was beyond eating if you had to survive so maybe Forrest survival training started before the Air Force? What have you eaten in a pinch to survive? Rattlesnake taste like Chick fil A.

    Tom T

    • Buckeye Bob says:

      The worst I ever had was living on half a jar of peanut butter and tap water for a couple of weeks.
      In my area they have those hunter’s feeds (there’s a name for it but I can’t think of it right now) where you can eat all sorts of things, and I have. Raccoon, opossum, etc.
      And I was a salesman in my younger days and called on this one tavern in a “hole in the wall” area where the old couple that owned it seemed to really take a shine to me. They were such a friendly sort that people filled their place every evening. They used to give me “mystery meat” almost every week when I called on them. There was some unusual stuff in that fare. It’s funny how people give more appealing names to things, like “mountain oysters”.

      • pdenver says:

        Hello Buckeye Bob. The mountain oysters are considered a delicacy. There’s a place in Colorado that serves them. It’s a ritzy place in Morrison, I think. Can’t think of the name of the place right now, but they also have other specialty/wild fares there, too. Just remembered the place! It’s called “The Fort” restaurant. You can go online and check for yourself. 🙂

        • Buckeye Bob says:

          Thanks, pdenver.
          I bookmarked it and hope to get there some day.
          I had buffalo burgers at the Ohio State Fair once. Quite the tasty thing, and healthier than beef I hear.
          That’s an impressive menu. That Game Plate looks interesting for sure.
          It’s times like this I wish I could afford to travel to a city and spend a month there to really delve into things like this. 😀

          • pdenver says:

            Hello Buckeye Bob. The family likes to go to Yellowstone for the buffalo burgers. My family are hunters and know wild game is very lean and quite healthier than regular beef. It would be nice to travel to different states and see what their cuisine is all about. 🙂

        • JL says:

          There’s a not o ritzy one in Severance Colorado, Bruce’s Bar and Grill. I haven’t been there for a few years but on Friday and Saturday night you can do a little boot scootin boggie with your dinner. A real redneck kinda place.

  13. Tom Terrific says:

    PS I just read about ff not being as active in the “Thrill” and knowing how much he loves the “Chase” I doubt he will be able to keep away from the it, he is only going on a long needed sabbatical, since it has been 6 long years since he stashed Indulgence, somewhere near the place where cold water live and the wild bees swarm.

    Tom Terrific, as in enthusiastic about the TTOC

  14. 23kachinas says:

    Roasted Hatch chiles?

    • pdenver says:

      Hello 23kachinas. I think I’ve read you’re from New Mexico. Do they serve wild game with chiles there? My family hunts all sorts of wild game, and they bring home what they get and I cook it up and serve it to them and store the rest in the freezer. I’ve tried a couple things, but I’m not fond of it. My husband and sons went to one of our favorite lakes and caught some fish. Have to cook them up. Usually I add some margarine, lemon slices and seasonings. Never heard of honey on it, but I may have to try it for the family. These guys talking about mountain oysters reminded me when I was in my teens and a friend of the family told us what they were. I couldn’t believe it! I knew of a place that served them, and for the life of me, I couldn’t remember the name. I had to call my husband to ask and he told me. I give my husband the credit for remembering. I certainly couldn’t. I don’t know if it’s just a Colorado delicacy or not. I only know they serve them here. I know they won’t be found on my plate. That’s for darn sure.

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