Roast Swan for Dinner, Anyone? (Modern Farmer)

fall in loveIn places like Michigan and New York, the beautiful, elegant swan is considered an invasive and destructive species, sometimes attacking children who wander too near its nests and destroying wetland habitat. Despite their pest status, however, swans are unlikely to be hunted for food — a cultural taboo that rankles writer Monica Kim in The Modern Farmer.

“Often served at feasts, roast swan was a favored dish in the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, particularly when skinned and redressed in its feathers and served with a yellow pepper sauce; others preferred to stuff the bird with a series of increasingly smaller birds, in the style of a turducken,” Kim writes.


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