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…The island is earth.
Thats some hardcore deer, surviving being eaten O.o
Why eat the mushroom/berries? There’s a Deer!
Imagine how hungry the first person to eat an oyster was.
The fun thing is how many of our modern food preparation methods are basically ‘this food might have gone bad, but we will starve if we toss it out’
Cooking is the big one, but things like cheese, pickling, and drying food.
Lutfisk! Lets make rotten fish edible by soaking it in lye!
As I was frying an egg this morning, I was having this very thought. Somebody from prehistory to yesterday had to be the first person to eat, like, each thing that we eat today.
This Island Earth?
Roasted crickets aren’t all that bad, I will say – tried them once.
If anything they’re pretty bland without any spices.
Depending on your beliefs, that’s not all that untrue.
The roots of the cassava plant are poisonous. Treated right, a non-poisonous preparation can be made from them. You have likely eaten this preparation in a delicious form. Said form is called tapioca pudding.
The power of desperation? I think it is an 9th-level spell, but maybe only for the people not trying the mystery “food”.
@Alricus Save us Oxford comma.
Ah, desperation. It can be a powerful motivator, that’s for sure.
I DO have to wonder who first had the idea of actually -eating- curdled milk (basically cottage cheese), and then who refined the process into making all the cheeses we know of today.
Many great discoveries are accidental, it seems.
> Why eat the mushroom/berries? There’s a Deer!
If you’re on the verge of starving to death, you’re probably in no condition to take on a deer — those things can be pretty mean! But some plant the deer ate? Yeah, you can probably defeat that.
The real marvelous ones are plants and animals that are poisonous unless prepared just right. I am not talking just about fugu, the after-effects of slight poisoning is actually some of the allure, but a whole range of things. While we now know that many natural poisons break down with heat… just imagine the fun they must have had finding out which ones the hard way.
‘Starving or Poison? You know, if these poisonous seeds didn’t taste so damn horrid I would eat them right now. Maybe if I boil the taste out of them I can end my misery quickly….’
SaruiRalla, perhaps, it was someone who might have starved otherwise.
Or had different tastes. (I actually like milk that is just starting to turn.)
lot o Trial and many many many errors in your culinary pallet
Maniçoba is a delicious Brazilian dish from Amazon – it uses the cassava (or manioc) leaves which are very very poisonous and need to be cooked for 7 days.
Also, when the roots are being prepared there’s this whitish-yellow liquid (also poison), from it you make a sauce called tucupi.
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