Muskrat (2/9)

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Muskrats have been eaten for a long time. They get large and there is a lot of meat on them but many people wouldn’t consider consuming a rodent. Despite the name and the fact that they have a long hairless tail, muskrats aren’t rats, though. The fur is still valuable, too, though not as much so as it once was. This animal is considered to be a pest in many places.

As food, muskrat is sometimes sold in restaurants as “marsh rabbit”. This is an attempt to get people to try the meat without thinking that it came from a creature that has sometimes been nicknamed a river rat. The meat isn’t bad tasting at all, properly prepared.

Have you ever tried muskrat or marsh rabbit? Would you try it if you could?

Written by Rex Trulove