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10 Invasive Species You Can Eat (and Why You Should)


November 06, 2020

As an increasing number of invasive plants and animals travel around the world, more and more people are turning to a somewhat obvious solution to curb the spread: eating them. This growing movement of invasivores – people who consume edible invasive species, encourages communities to do something humans have had a knack for in the past – eating a species to extinction.1

The arrival of invasive plants and animals to an ecosystem can cause irreversible changes, including the displacement of native plants and animals, as well as the alteration of nutrient cycling and other ecosystem functions. Nonnative species are considered one of the greatest threats to imperiled species in the United States, second only to habitat loss.

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My second job after I graduated from University was at the JSC near Houston. My parents lived only about 18 miles away and my father had a shrimp boat. One of the invasive fish back then was the Lion Fish, described in the article. My dad would ocassionally pull one up in the nets.

He gave me fish weekly, and shrimp. I'd spent my life scaling and cleaning fish and cleaned the Lion fish...it was the boneist fish I'd ever cleaned. No problem for me. Very few people would be willing to clean a Lion Fish.

I did and it was worth it. One of the most delicious fish I've ever eaten.

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Lion Fish is #3 in the posted article.

Nutria is #2. Nutria is a huge swamp rat. It is all over the swampy areas of the Gulf Coast. Lots in Texas, even where I grew up near Galveston. It lives along the banks of creeks, bays, bayous.

They hold Nutria barbecues often. I've never partaken, nor has anyone I know or grew up with...just a bit over the line to me.

However, Lion Fish, as I wrote, is quite delicate and delicious. Better if you can persuade someone else to scale and clean it.

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Back to important stuff.

Bullfrogs is #5 on the articles list. Hmmm never heard that they were invasive. They are pretty much everywhere. I grew up eating frog legs. I've not been on the gulf coast in decades, but they were an item in many restaurants. As a kid on the Texas Gulf Coast we would gig them. A gig is a pole with a spear on the end, usually a multi-pronged spear.

Crayfish are #8. Ditto above. I've eaten them from Texas to Florida, mostly in restaurants. When I was I think 7 we took a little trip to Kansas City. I remember in a park there were dozens of people catching crayfish. My cousins and I caught a bushel of them and my aunt cooked them up for a meal.

Crayfish...crawdads...crawfish...you choose.

Important stuff -- take notes.

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