Wednesday, January 24, 2007
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) Pickled lamb testicles
and putrefied shark might not tempt your tummy, but these dishes
are the flavor of the month in Iceland.
This Friday (Jan. 26) marks the beginning of
Thorrablot, a month-long festival where Icelanders
celebrate the foods eaten by the ancient Vikings who settled the
The stomach-turning specialties served include lamb testicles
pickled in sour whey; jellies made from sheep brains; and seal
But the real taste treat is something called hakarl
or rotten shark. Its prepared by burying
a shark in gravel until it putrefies about six to eight
Hakarl has an ammonia-like smell and its best
when the cook urinates on the fish before burial.
Thorrablot food doesnt sound or smell
very tasty, but the dishes remind Icelanders how their
ancestors used to survive long winter months.
Thorrablot ends Feb. 25 and, until then, Icelanders will be
drinking lots of Brennevin, a vodka-like beverage that cuts the
ammonia aftertaste in most of the dishes.
Its Lamb Testicle Season In Iceland
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