Wednesday, November 21, 2012

World's Weirdest Christmas Traditions: The Kiviak

Kiviak is a traditional wintertime Innuit food from Greenland that is made of auks ( a type of bird ) preserved in the hollowed-out body of a seal.

Around 500 auks are put into the seal skin intact, including beaks, feet and feathers, before as much air as possible is removed from the seal skin, which is then sewn up and sealed with grease, with a large rock placed on top to keep the air content low. Over the course of several months, the birds ferment. It 's also eaten at birthdays and weddings.

"Good" Kiviak is in an advanced state of decomposition and smells like old blue cheese. Yummy !


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