Jellied Moose Nose
Jellied Moose Nose is not one for the squeamish. This is an indigenous dish that originates in Alaska and Canada’s northernmost reaches. Here, wilderness hunters could dine on a single moose for several weeks. But that meant eating everything — and we mean everything.
Long after all the best cuts had been devoured, the moose’s less-attractive parts would still feed families. This included the nose — preserved in a gelatinous broth. Served cold in slices, this isn’t one that appeals to all.
Challenging perhaps, but once winter set in, eating such things could be the difference between life and death. So the long bulbous nose went into the pot, where it was cooked with onions, garlic and spices. But that is not all — with the moose’s ears, lips and other facial features often added to the mix.
These days, Jellied Moose Nose is harder to find, and you certainly won’t find it in restaurants, but it is still out there. You may be able to find it at a public potlatch, a gift-giving feast hosted by indigenous communities in Alaska and Northwestern Canada.
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