Zentraveler on the Philippine Balut!

Just when you thought you have heard of every aphrodisiac you are suddenly confronted with a smiling waitress who just consumed what I thought was a hardboiled egg. She said: “Would you like to try one?” And of course my reaction was why not. As I was beginning to peel the hardboiled egg my friend Wolfe informed me this was a Balut Egg famous in Asia and the Philppines for increasing your libido.

Eggs have long been a symbol of fertility including the Easter traditions celebrated world wide. Sparrow eggs as an aphrodisiac were used in ancient Greece (where birds were associated with Aphrodite) and in India where the KAMA SUTRA lists bird eggs as a potency builder and specifically to strengthen the Libido.

In my travels I watched the people from St Croix, US Virgin Islands rave about drinking Coconut water and we have have all heard stories of raw oysters, sucking the heads from crayfish in New Orleans and just about every weird food you can think of to give you that extra power and potency.

Balut is one of those foods like Scottish Haggis or Icelandic fermented shark. The yuck factor is rather high so maybe you should have a shot of spirits in order to down your first Balut egg in the Philippines. Wolfe went on to say after you crack the top of the egg you simply suck the juice out and then proceed to remove the shell and eat the rest as you would a hardboiled egg. The embryo has developed enough so that beaks, wings, and bird bone structure add to crunchyness of your taste sensations.

That being said I ate my first Balut egg and am now a member of the weird food eating fraternity. They have also conducted a rather unscientific blind study and have found the Balut Egg that is fertilized by a rooster actually helps with testostrone, old age issues, and of course boosts your libido.

The Balut Egg usually comes from ducks, but most of them come from chicken eggs and are consumed 16 to 20 days after they are laid. And because of the shelf-life it is best to find a restaurant that specializes in this Asian delicacy.

Bon Appetit!

QUOTE: Do you know what an EKG is and do you know what is an MRI is then what is an EGG? It’s an egg of course!!! Eating Balut Eggs may actually help in dancing the Funky Chicken!

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Bantayan Island is regarded as the Egg Basket of the Philippines. As you travel around Bantayan island you can see many small farmers involved in raising chickens and eggs. They supply millions of eggs to nearby Cebu and eggs are one of their most important resources.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: EGGS! You can even bury them for several years and show up as a rare delicacy in the Asian markets. The way the economy is headed this might be a great hedge against currency.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: It’s all in zee egg!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! and on and on and on.

Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free?

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