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Old 01-11-2017, 02:29 PM
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The "chicken of the trees".

Does anybody here raise and eat iguana?
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Bizarre foods
They don't raise them they hunt them in just about every tropical place on that show?
They raise and eat Guinea pigs.
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Bizarre foods
They don't raise them they hunt them in just about every tropical place on that show?
They raise and eat Guinea pigs.
What show?

I was googling for information about deer feed plots and an article about raising and eating iguanas popped up.
Old 01-11-2017, 03:17 PM
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"Bizarre foods" hosted by a guy names Andrew Zimmern.

He travels around the world and eats food MOST North Americans would become nauseous looking at.
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Bourdain had an episode where he ate it as well... why not? It's meat and it's hugely popular to our neighbors in the south. It's also popular in areas where they are considered a pest (they overpopulate quickly... especially the green iguana). You typically parboil it in salt water for half an hour before preparing it.
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Its probably not that much different from gator or frog legs. I would imagine in the everglades it might have a fishy flavor to it but raised in captivity probably very chickeny.
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They grow 'wild' from just north of Miami towards Ft. Myers. During really 'cold' winters they drop out of the trees, either dead or near enough. There are both tree and sand iguanas -- the latter digs holes/tunnels and prefers beach areas.
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Just curious, is there a reason that you would do iguana over, say, quail or rabbits?

Hopefully someone else can provide you with real info. I personally haven't heard of anyone raising them for food.
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Just curious, is there a reason that you would do iguana over, say, quail or rabbits?

Hopefully someone else can provide you with real info. I personally haven't heard of anyone raising them for food.
I suppose it would depend were you live. Iguanas wouldn't do well in my area unless you built housing for them. In a more tropical environment they may be easy to keep. When I was younger I had a friend who had a couple of them that were over three foot long other than having the space they didnt seem like they're too much work.
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I can't see them being too hard to raise. I had a couple I kept in a chicken wire "condo" when I lived in Florida. I kept a little heated pond and a few heat rocks around for evenings and colder days. They did really well on scraps mostly fresh veggie, fruit and potato scraps. I spent more on the enclosure and heat items than I spent in the 3 years I had them, and it was less than 100 bucks.
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I'd have to be really hungry to eat an iguana.
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Any body of water in South Florida is now loaded with iguanas on the bank or on docks. Come get as many as you want. When Fishing, I can see dozens. Have not found a good recipe for them. Some stew recipes. Not ready to try them!
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I eat squirrel, why not Iguna? Maybe someday I will get a chance to try it.
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I eat squirrel, why not Iguna? Maybe someday I will get a chance to try it.
Right, they both climb trees.
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Right, they both climb trees.
Both are referred to as "tree chickens".
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Any body of water in South Florida is now loaded with iguanas on the bank or on docks. Come get as many as you want. When Fishing, I can see dozens. Have not found a good recipe for them. Some stew recipes. Not ready to try them!
They're supposed to be good barbecued.
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Just saw a recipe from Bourdain
"Carne de montes"
Skin it and parboil, then add to a sauce of orange juice, achote paste, mustard and pork. And let simmer till tender.
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