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A songbird that's small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, the average ortolan weighs less than an ounce.
You cannot shoot a tiny songbird out of the sky without destroying it and making it inedible. So, hunters catch the birds using traps set in fields during their migratory season (when they fly to Africa). They are then kept in cages (and occasionally in black boxes to disorientate them), encouraging them to gorge on grain in order to double their size
Traditionally in France, the fattened little birds are drowned in a vat of Armagnac – managing to snuff out their life and marinate them at the same time. Killing two birds with one glug, as it were
There is a ritual to eating an ortolan: diners cover their head in a large napkin. They then pop the entire bird into their mouth and eat everything save the feet, crunching the bones as they go.
Those who have eaten them rave about the hazelnut flavour, mixed with the rich gamey hit you get from consuming the liver, heart and internal organs of the bird
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
I'd eat anything once. If i like it, and can tolerate the thought of it, ill eat it again. Im real egalitarian like that.
Im not the biggest fan of hazelnut, although ill eat them from time to time and enjoy the experience. So i'd say the big obstacle is the bones.