Fugu: A Fish Delicacy to Die For
Man always desires delicacies in every sphere of life. It is a passion of mankind to search for delicacies and for this adventure, it is ready to take risks that can cost the life. After all, it must have been a matter of hit and trial for the early man to discover what is edible or what is not.
The taste of eating is uppermost in humans and this has led to myriad varieties of culinary arts and methods.
In this category is a fish called “Fugu”, which is delicacy is Japan. It is very costly and but at the same time very dangerous delicacy. Certain parts like intestines, ovaries and liver contain tetrodotoxin (TTX) which is 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide and among the most powerful poisons found in nature.
In the past, it is said that if a person in Japan was frustrated with life and did not want to live, he committed Harakiri by eating this fish.
The Japanese poet Yosa Buson expressed some of these feeling in a famous as follows,
“I cannot see her tonight,
I have to give her,
So I will eat Fugu”
Only trained Chefs have license to prepare the fish. This show that taste can even beat the danger of life in humans.
An intersting story about Fugu
There is interesting story in Japanese about the Fugu. Three persons prepared Fugu but were apprehensive about eating it for the fear of being poisoned, though they had removed the poisonous parts during dressing. So they offered a dish to a beggar and waited to see the fate of beggar. They found that even after many hours they had given the dish to beggar, nothing happened to him. So, assured, they partook to delicacy.
In reality, the beggar was very intelligent and he hid the dish somewhere but pretended to had it eaten. He was waiting for the reaction of dish on the three fellows who had given him the dish. When the beggar saw them hail and hearty after two three days, he ate the dish. This way he had fooled the fellows who wanted to test the dish on him.