Toad Meat: Should You Eat It?

If you are feeling adventurous and looking for a unique and exotic dish to try, you might want to consider edible smoked toads, aka, ‘jumping chicken’, also known in Yoruba language as kankan.

These amphibians are a delicacy in some parts of Nigeria, especially in places like Badagry and Ibadan where they are sold in dried form in some  popular markets.

Edible smoked toads are different from the toxic ones that can cause serious harm or even death if consumed. Edible toads also have less venom than toxic ones, and their venom can be neutralized by proper cooking methods.  Toad meat can be cooked in the same way as chicken or fish. Be sure to cook it thoroughly

To prepare edible smoked toads, the toads are first skinned, gutted and washed thoroughly, seasoned, The seasoned toads are then smoked over firewood for several hours until they are dry and crispy. The smoked toads can be eaten as a snack or served with rice, yam, plantain or any other staple food.

Edible smoked toads are said to have many health benefits, such as being a good source of protein, calcium, potassium and sodium. They also have a low anti-nutrient content, which means they have less side effects than other meats. Some people compare the taste of edible toads to fish or chicken, while others say they have a unique flavor of their own.

Toad meat can be served with a variety of sides, such as rice, noodles, or vegetables. Toad meat is a sustainable and delicious protein source that is worth considering. It is low in fat and high in protein, and it is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

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