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Friday, November 17, 2017


Greater egyptain herboa (Jaculus Orientalis)
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During Avenzoar’s time, it was thought that if rat meat was roasted, it was consumed by children, they would stop drooling. It did not work for adults. All are hot and dry; the most useful of all is the wild purple one, larger than ordinary rats that are consumed and smaller than rabbits. The best next is the jerboa, a jumping desert rodent the size of a rat found in Africa. Rats are known to have been consumed by humans but basically as famine food.[Ibn Zuhr/García Sánchez. 1992:59:125]

No recipe is provided as consumption of rats is thought to be disgusting.

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