8718.33 Iguana eggs.
Iguana eggs are a popular rural delicacy in coastal Colombia, though now illegal. To harvest iguana eggs, the gravid female is not killed, but felled from a tree with a slingshot. An incision is then made with the blade of a machete, and the string of eggs pulled out. The iguana's ability to recuperate is remarkable — once the wound has been protected with a coating of old ashes, the animal runs off back to the forest. The eggs, with their rich and tasty spherical yolks, are a favourite snack to accompany the local white rum, Tres Esquinas. RECIPE AVAILABLE.
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