How to serve a flying fox.
The flying fox (Pteropus mariannus mariannus, a bat from family Pteropodidae) can be cooked in coconut milk, or just in water for 45 minutes, after which one must add salt and coconut flakes. The bat does not need to be
cleaned or gutted, the skin does not need to be removed and the wings do not need to be cut off. They go into the pot whole. They are cooked whole or not at all. This may sound odd, but after all it is
no different to eating an oyster live or a sea cucumber. The participant in flying fox feasts say that the aroma is
amazing and the fox tastes of fruit. This is not surprising as the the flying foxes feed predominantly on
fruits. Their inside taste as if they had been stuffed with a fruit compote. The bat is
eaten as a whole and chewed carefully, after a while all that is left is a bunch of fur
in the mouth. This is also to be swallowed, according to the table etiquette of the greatest
connoisseurs of this delicacy - the inhabitants of the island of Guam, the
largest of the islands of the Marian Archipelago.
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