If you think that Filipinos are the most suckers for the bizarre and weirdest traditions and culinary menus, wait until you hear one of Arequipa’s old popular belief that might turn your stomach upside-down.
In Peru, people have found a powerful remedy to make them more stronger, intelligent, and boost their stamina, the freakiest way – by drinking pulverized frogs. Yup, the Peruvian frog juice is believed to be the path for health remedies and fertility, as shown in National Geographic Asia’s Taboo episode, recently. Peruvians say that for some, drinking pulverized frog would be repellent and sickening but frog juice is a beverage revered by the Andean cultures for having the power to cure asthma, bronchitis, anemia, sluggishness and to be a healthy aphrodisiac and tonic drink.
In the Philippines, it is found to be extreme to eat fried frogs or ‘adobong tugak,’ which is a local delicacy in Pampanga. Italians and French consider frog legs a delicacy too, served as “slough chicken“. While in South Korea, dried frogs are sold in the markets and in China, people eat porridge made of frog legs. But that’s no match to the Peruvian frog smoothie. Just our guess.
“It taste just like pancake butter,” said one of the tourist seen on the Taboo video who drank one glass of frog juice.
Peruvian Frog Juice 101
So how do they make the Peruvian frog juice? First, live cultured Titicaca frogs sold in local markets are put to a nerve-wrecking ordeal, one or two frog heads are slammed against the store kitchen counter tops then skinned and cleanse in water. While 20 other ingredients are set for the mixture, these frogs are simmered for a few minutes before it is poured on an ice blender with the skeletons intact. Next step is to add the rest of the ingredients like white bean broth, honey, quail egg, raw aloe vera, malt, cereals, maca (an Andean root also believed to boost stamina and sex drive), herbs, and sometimes wine, then bring it to the mix. The result is a chocolate milkshake-like frog frappe with a starchy texturee and stings the throat once gulp. Foreigners in Arequipa braved this bizarre challenge for bragging rights. But not to those who wish to give birth to a child.
Peruvian frog juice answer to infertility
Just like the Filipino’s traditional belief of dancing in Obando would answer their prayers to bear them a child, Peruvians also believed that drinking frog juice will make them fertile and bring them offsprings. In some community superstitious beliefs, frogs are viewed as God’s children of rain – they believe that the appearance of a frog is a sign of rain. And in ancient Egypt, frogs was the goddess of birth and fertility and later of resurrection. These beliefs made frog juice even more popular to desperate individuals and couples for that matter, seeking for remedies and childbearing. For $2 a cost, it’s certainly worth a try for these people.
For more Peruvian frog juice footage watch it at http:/channel/taboo/videos/frog-smoothie-medicine/embed/.
*All photos used are screencapped from National Geographic Asia Channel video except where stated.
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