Foods…Gourmet…Civet

I won’t be surprised to see you get surprised at reading this surprising fact about Civet that they are consumed whole-sum too…I know some of you would be disgusted at the idea…others, inquisitive…and some just would like to read ahead…I’ll help each one of you…Simply read on…

You know Civet right? Yes I mean the same nocturnal animal…from the Viverridae family…found in Africa…and the East Indies…It is approximately 17-28 inches in length…excluding its long tail…and weighs about 3 to 10 pounds…

Although classified within the Carnivera order…the palm civet of Southern Asia (it’s actually named so because it can be found in palms)…is a fruit-eating mammal…Although the Viverridae family is distantly related to the Felidae family of which the common domestic cat is a member…the civet “cat” is not a cat…Indeed…it is more related to the mongoose than to any cat…

The civet is a cunning-looking little animal…with

  • Catlike body
  • Long legs
  • Long tail
  • Masked face resembling a raccoon or weasel

In some areas of the world…it has become an endangered species…hunted for its fur or as a food source…The civet’s taste for fruit has been its downfall in at least one area of southeast Asia…as early as the 18th century…the durian fruit was also called “civet fruit” because it was used as bait for catching civets….

The civet not only is fond of fruit…but has had a love-hate relationship with growers of a particular coffee bean in Viet Nam…Civets love this bean…and search out the tastiest examples with their long…fox-like nose….The hardiest beans survive the digestive process of the civet…and are prized in caphe cut chon…or fox-dung coffee Vietnamese call the civet “fox”…

Non-Kosher (just in case you were wondering)…Civet is used in

  • Beverages
  • Candy
  • Pastries
  • Gum
  • Ice cream

It is derived from the unctuous secretion from the gland receptacles between the anus and genitalia of both male and female African Civet-cats (Viverra civetta)…

As a matter of fact….These wild animals are considered great delicacies in China…and are also bred there for human consumption…Kept in squalid surroundings…stacked cage upon cage…they can be found in markets throughout southern China…

Okay now please have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet by Emery
  2. Civet by www.straightdope.com
  3. Civet by BP

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