The Time I Ate Bull’s Balls in Bend
// May 30th, 2012 // America
Yes, you read that correctly. I have eaten bull’s balls. As my friend and I kayaked on Devils Lake, we landed on the topic of the weirdest foods we’ve ever eaten. My list consisted of eating ostrich in Kenya, cow’s tongue in Botswana, and a grasshopper in Thailand. I mentioned that I had really wanted to try Rocky Mountain Oysters on this road trip (aka bull’s balls), but Stella and I never found them in Texas. I hoped to find them once I reached Colorado. My friend then mentioned that there was a restaurant in Bend that served them. What??!!! I nearly tipped the kayak in excitement. And, he had never had them either. Sold! After we packed up the kayak we headed back to town for a feast. Okay, maybe not a feast, but for a bull’s balls tasting at Tumalo Feed Co.. We ordered them, and to my delight they came greasy and deep-fried (meaning they were bound to have some flavor to cover the real taste).
It turns out that they honestly weren’t bad at all. They were very tender, yet I couldn’t quite figure out how they were cut. Which was where our waiter came into play. We tried to ask him, in the most professional way we could, how exactly they cut the balls. Are they sliced? Do they peel the meat off like you would a fruit peel? How does this work exactly? He wasn’t sure so he went and asked the chef. Upon returning, he explained that they chop them along the longest length (since the balls are actually oval-shaped). So there you have it- I have tried Rocky Mountain Oysters and I liked them!
Have you had Rocky Mountain Oysters? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?