mardi 1 novembre 2011

Japan: The fugu is prohibited in the Imperial Court.

The fugu or "boxfish" or "sunfish" or better "Tetraodon," also called "river pig" in Japanese because of its round appearance is a fish found in the Pacific Ocean. It is delivered primarily through the port of Shimonoseki.
         His liver and ovaries contain a poison with a very high dose, "Tetrodoxine", an analgesic dazzling, 200,000 times more potent than curare, 160,000 times more dangerous than cocaine and 1,000 times more deadly to humans as cyanide. There are at least 100 to 150 victims per year Fugu poisoning in Japan.

The Tetrodoxine is able to block all signals of the nervous system in less than an hour. Death is almost inevitable especially since there is no known antidote. This is probably why the Fugu is the only culinary dish strictly prohibited at the imperial court of Japan.

For nearly six thousand years, the Japanese shall give the tonic.

Prepared by teachers, state licensed (3 years of training), fugu is popular with Japanese. The selection of chefs is ruthless as three out of four candidates are eliminated.

The test is formidable because the candidate has to enjoy himself he prepared Fugu.

There are 1,500 restaurants serving only the Fugu in Tokyo. The meal is not within the reach of every budget since it takes 250 Euros per person if you invite all your worst enemies to a dinner. Fished in the spring, it is kept alive in captivity in the sea until winter.

We must carry live fish to markets where it is sold. Transportation is not very convenient because fugus particularly voracious with their sharp teeth, devour each other when they are confined in a small space.

To prevent these tragic losses, fishermen must sew their mouths. In general, the stall of ice shelves that fugu dies. Only absolute freshness guarantees non-toxic fish the most dangerous the most dangerous of the World

It is said that the recollection of a few drops of tetrodoxine of the fish causes a sensation of falling asleep under the tongue, much appreciated. The Japanese certainly love the danger ... but as the Emperor did take the risk!

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