Follow LC on Twitter
Join the LC Facebook Group
Search LouisianaCajun.com
Become a Featured Site
Mardi Gras
Louisiana Genealogy
Beast of 7 Chutes
Louisiana Music
Louisiana Recipes
General Info
Cajun Jokes
Louisiana Festivals
Cajun Culture


Add Your Website
Contact Us
Free Cajun Graphics
Free Search Engine
Louisiana Webrings
Read Evangeline
My Gaudet Family
Acadian Photos
Gaudet Photos
More Photos


Appetizers
Bread
Candy
Dessert
Grilled
Main Course
Salad
Side Dishes
Soups
The Louisiana and Cajun Website Directory on Facebook

Louisiana Recipes

Louisiana Recipes Forum
Is it true?


Kate22nd October 2007 - 4:27 PM
I heard someone say that people in Louisiana eat Nutria rat? Was he serious or is it a joke? If it's true what does it taste like? I can't imagine eating a rat, yuck they are so dirty and gross.
 
 


Rob14th February 2007 - 7:58 PM
No one eats Nutira rats.
 
 


Kate14th February 2007 - 8:01 PM
Ok thanks, I didn't think that sounded right or truthful.
 
 


Donald Harvey20th February 2007 - 10:52 AM
Don't believe the hype if someone tells you Louisiana people don't eat Nutira rats. If it walks, crawl, swim, fly or jump its a possible meal with a dark gravy!!!!!!

I had the experience to eatting Nutira Rat only once. It was given to me by a friend that I told, I would never eat a rat. However, during a recent visit to a friendship gathering, I was given what I was told to be Aligatior meat. I served myself a healthy plate and pigged out. YES!! it was off the chain good!!!!!!! But once I found out what I had just consumed, I was mad as He** but my stomach was full. The meat taste like rabbit. I wouldn't have it again as long as I know thats what I am about to eat. Nutira is not dirty, if you eat fish, swrimps or orsters then you would enjoy the taste of Nutira. Just don't ask about it, if you don't want your stomach turning over. Good Luck and give it a try.
From. Lafayette.
 
 
Donald Harvey20th February 2007 - 10:54 AM
Don't believe the hype if someone tells you Louisiana people don't eat Nutira rats. If it walks, crawl, swim, fly or jump its a possible meal with a dark gravy!!!!!!

I had the experience to eatting Nutira Rat only once. It was given to me by a friend that I told, I would never eat a rat. However, during a recent visit to a friendship gathering, I was given what I was told to be Aligatior meat. I served myself a healthy plate and pigged out. YES!! it was off the chain good!!!!!!! But once I found out what I had just consumed, I was mad as He** but my stomach was full. The meat taste like rabbit. I wouldn't have it again as long as I know thats what I am about to eat. Nutira is not dirty, if you eat fish, swrimps or orsters then you would enjoy the taste of Nutira. Just don't ask about it, if you don't want your stomach turning over. Good Luck and give it a try.
From. Lafayette.
 
 
Gay G21st February 2007 - 2:26 PM
I have never eaten Nutria but my grandmother used to. She would cook them down in a brown gravy. My sister-in-laws parents used to eat them too. I believe anything that moved was cooked in a brown gravy and tasted good.

From New Orleans
 
 
Gay G21st February 2007 - 2:43 PM
My mom said she used to eat Nutria too. They used to call it Nutria, she said the rat was never added to the description. As I said before my grandmother used to cook it in a brown gravy when they went to the camp. My mother said it tasted just like chicken.

From New Orleans
 
 
Doug Hebert11th April 2007 - 2:02 AM
I think it's rediculous to assume that most Cajuns eat nutrias. I've never, EVER heard of anyone in my family eating those things. I'm not saying no one ever has, but I hope people realize that it's not a "common meal".
 
 
Tim12th April 2007 - 9:25 PM
Yes it is true. They are more like otters than anything else. I haven't tried it but I have seen it eaten. As well as racoon, rabbit, and squirrel.
 
 
JODY5th May 2007 - 10:53 AM
I'm a cajun from Reserve,La. and in the 60's when my daddy was out of work, we ate from the land, and we had nutira rat on our table to eat when no other game was avaible.
 
 
frenchy5th May 2007 - 2:30 PM
never knock it till you try it
 
 
tonya10th May 2007 - 1:42 PM
yes it is true this is like a coon it eats roots and suuff
my email address is
 
 
Doug Hebert14th May 2007 - 12:22 AM
I'm sure that during tough times, Cajuns ate many things to survive. All I'm saying is that I believe it's a mistake, or even a stereotype, to assume that a nutria is a constant on a Cajun's menu. Certainly not the case in our family.

Doug
 
 
Carol McCrellias6th August 2007 - 5:53 AM
My maternal grandfather, an Acadian Hebert who lived in northern WI, like his Quebecois father ate whatever was available in the outdoors. They worked in the woods making a living as lumber workers and picking wild ginseng and other wild herbs and greens, and to feed themselves in large measure they planted small garden plots and they trapped and they hunted. They ate muskrat, for example, and I know if they'd had Nutria available in WI they would have eaten it, and it would have been cooked well and tasted good.

My father's father, an Ulster Scot-Irish descendant, likewise worked in the woods, but he did not hunt or eat wild game, he gardened and purchased or traded for locally-raised food and supplemented with fish he caught in the river every day. When he was working as a saw filer for a few years in the mountains in western NC, he did eat squirrel and raccoon and opossum and rabbit, probably because they were plentiful and that's what the native neighbors ate.

I don't understand the stigma attached to eating Nutria or any other rodent if you are a meat eater. What difference if it is a rat of one species or a rodent of another? Did our grandparents really distinguish between them? If people were "reduced" to eating Nutria during bad times, perhaps it was considered a desperate act to some extent because Nutria is not as large and does not provide as much meat as perhaps another animal would, or perhaps it is less tender or more "gamy" and therefore less desirable than a domestically raised animal.

It's interesting the food prohibitions people entertain. I have a friend whose father was born and raised in Slovakia. He wouldn't eat pumpkin in any form because that's what they fed the pigs. Now, you eat the pig, so therefore you're eating what it's eaten, correct? And is the pig so disgusting an animal that whatever they eat should not be considered food? I'm not making fun of his aversion to pumpkin, I'm making an observation and trying to understand it.

Sorry, went off on a tangent there. But I wonder, if Nutria tastes like chicken (or perhaps frog?), is it a stronger flavor than domestic chicken, and what is the texture like?
 
 
lauren13th August 2007 - 11:13 PM
People do not eat nutria rats, but uncle feeds them to the gators on the gator farm
 
 
Moe19th August 2007 - 9:28 PM
Dirty and gross? I am from Lousiana and take much offense to that. I am surely not dirty and gross. No, I do not Nutria nor do I know anyone that does. But, there are many things around the world that people eat that I find gross. Snails are gross, so should I say that anyone in your state that eats snails are dirty and gross? Grow up!
 
 
Kate19th August 2007 - 9:52 PM
Chill out Moe! I think you misread the message. I was saying that rats are dirty and gross not people. I have talked to people from Louisiana both on this board, on the telephone and on other websites and happen to think you are very nice people down there. Very down to earth and friendly. I hope to visit your state someday also.
 
 
jessica14th September 2007 - 9:53 AM
Hell No! that person was joking. Do you think anybody will eat a nutria rat. I'm from Louisiana and i sure i don't eat that, that just nasty to think any one would do that. O.K., we eat craw fish, shrimps, fish, but oh hell no, not no nutria rat. Kate you need to think twice before asking that question again?
 
 
Rachel20th September 2007 - 6:58 PM
I live in Baton Rouge. Everyone i know but a few eat nutra. I f you think about it, We dont eat cats and dogs. We dont eat meat eaters. A nutra isnt actually a rat. Just a name.Nutras dont eat meat. They are vegetarians. They are cleaner than eating pork or chicken.Go visit a chicken coop then watch a nutra swim.I know what i would rather eat.
 
 
Amy22nd October 2007 - 4:27 PM
Actually Nutria is cleaner than chicken.
 
 
Kate22nd October 2007 - 8:51 PM
Thank you Rachael and Amy for your honest answers. Thank you also for not writing a post that is attacking me for asking such a question. I have recently seen a picture of one and it looks very much like a beaver almost, so yes it's not rat like at all. I take back what I said before about it being rat-like and gross.

There are people up here where I live that think eating anything wild is gross but to some of us it's just the way we live and what we like to eat. It's nothing to be ashamed of.
 
 
Gwen20th November 2007 - 2:34 PM
Neutra is an animal that some people eat. I am born and raise cajun and have eaten lots of things, but that is not one that I have tried. Maybe one night when I have nothing better to do....maybe not....Bon Appetit
 
 
Kristie20th November 2007 - 4:31 PM
Yes it is true people do eat Nutira Rat. They are very clean animals by the way. They are vegg. eaters. You normaly cook them in a gravy and put over rice. It is really not a rat like you wold think. They are really good eating I have tasted them before..
 
 
Bryan Lafleur25th November 2007 - 6:46 AM
Wow, what a broad base of answers. As Doug said, no one can stereotype anyone, but I add that is the case from either angle. I've eaten them, along with muskrat, beaver, armadillo, and racoons. I used to hunt and trap with a passion, like many other Cajuns, and Cajuns seem to be as a whole, less repulsed by eating critters. But even then, I knew a lot of my cohorts wouldnt eat it.

But people need to consider what has been brought up. Before being repulsed by a name of something, they need to consider what they have come to accept as "normal, non gross" food. It seems to be acceptable to eat catfish, alligators, chickens, and pork. Those critters alone are absolutely disgusting based on how they live and what they eat. I've seen catfish eat completely rotten stuff, and chicken eat their own feces, but who considers them gross? No one says a disgusting person is living like a nutria, they say he is living like a pig, but few find pigs gross to eat. A nutria is a rodent, not a rat. As has been said, they eat vegetation, which makes their meat non gamy tasting. No different than eating rabbit, which is raised commercially for meat, or squirrels.

Our society and our upbringing determine what we think is "gross", not our common sense.

Bryan Lafleur
 
 
Cindy16th April 2008 - 6:00 PM
I know where I come from(New Iberia,Louisiana,now living in California) they eat Musk Rat. I personally never tasted it. But I can tell you what it look like... A large Black Rat about the size of a child. About 3 to 3 1/2 feet tall.I thought it was the nastiest sight you ever want to see. I thought they had killed it for fun and would throw it away,they said"no" we are going to eat it. YUCK!!!
 
 
ciara 20th May 2009 - 8:55 AM
no its not ture thats gross and you need to use the internet more then asking people who know nothing about what they are talking about thats all kinds of wrong information
 
 
Tori24th May 2009 - 11:24 AM
People from Louisiana do eat Nutria rat. My boyfriend is from Morgan City and he told me that he and his grandfather used to hunt them, skin them and grill them. He now lives in New Jersey and saw one the other day and almost caught it. I was also amazed when he told me about them. I'm from Detroit, and never heard of a nutria rat. But I can't really knock it. My grandparents are from the south also and eat raccoon, turtle, frog legs, rabbit and almost everything else. I think it's just the word "rat" that has most people shook. But he said it's pretty good when you throw it on the grill. Who knows, maybe I'll try it one day.
 
 
M.T.13th June 2009 - 12:55 AM
I am not a Cajun, but I have lived in Louisiana all of my life. Although I have not ever eaten Nutria, I probably would. What's the difference between nutria and squirrel? Not much.

A meat eater is a meat eater. I would probably eat anything if it was cooked well and tasted good. What's with all the phobias and taboos about food? People eat all sorts of stuff all over the world. To each his/her own...
 
 
replica designer handbags20th March 2012 - 2:28 AM
1 percent of light-speed, the aliens would arrive at their their

cheap designer purses and handbags

their nearest neighbor star in about 500 years.Light travels at
186,000 miles per second.Figure another 500 years to build new new cheap designer purses and handbags new ships, set out again, and so on and so
and the calculations show that civilizations starting out from the the

replica designer handbags

the oldest stars in our galaxy would have had epochs
 
 
Meme12th April 2012 - 7:22 PM
Yep, it's true. Tastes like chicken. So does frog legs. The only thing that doesn't taste like chicken is raccoon, rabbit, deer, and turtle. Yeah, we eat those too.
 
 





Copyright Louisianacajun.com
Return Home
Add Your Site | The Louisiana Webring | E-Mail
Cajun Recipes | Add Your Recipe | Read Evangeline | Cajun Website Toolbox | Add Spin the Pepper to your site

Want to see more of my Web stuff? My Resume

Link to www.louisianacajun.com with an image below.

      
Louisianacajun.com Created By Red River Design











Phone Number For Canceling BMG MUSIC services. | Whats The Phone Number?