Ever heard about a restaurant serving exotic seafood? Well, if these restaurants are somewhere in East Asia, chances are that you will find on that menu more than shells and fish. Turtle soup is considered a delicacy is these parts of the world and it would seem that this tradition is far older than it may seem. Scientists have found evidence that prehistorical chef served turtle entrees.
Even though turtles are not butchered anymore for their tasty, fish-like lean meat, there are some countries out there who won’t refrain from serving you a delicious turtle soup right out of the shell. It would seem that his tradition is still alive in some parts of East Asia. But instead of collecting every turtle they could find in order to turn it into soup, the modern chef opts for controlled cultures.
If you ever wondered where this tradition came for, then you will be delighted to hear that even Christ humans were consuming the tasty flesh of the turtles.
Recently, a team of archeologists from the University of Israel has unearthed several turtle shells from a dig site located in the Qesem cave, near Tel Aviv.
The remains of the bygone turtles seem to have been left behind by a hunter-gatherer tribe. Early indications have suggested that the humans from this tribe only consumed large game and vegetables. But it would that the Paleolithic humans had a more diverse diet.
According to professor Ran Barkai, one of the scientists working on the project, the hunter-gatherer tribe that inhabited this strip of land had a more diverse diet consisting of large game, vegetables, and roasted turtle.
The study, published in the Quaternary Science Reviews, speaks about a cave littered with turtle remains. The scientists working on the project believed that the turtle bones have amassed over a period of 200.000.
According to the scientists working on the project, it would seem that prehistorical chefs served turtle entrees. And when it comes down to the favorite cooking method, it would seem that the average caveman chef preferred to roast the turtle in its own shell.
The fossilized turtle shells indicated that early humans would roast the creatures and consumed its meat using flint like tools. Moreover, it would seem that some would have grown impatient of picking their meat piece by piece using a tool, and they would have resorted to another method of getting the meat out of the shell.
Barkai mentions that some of the fossilized turtle shells found inside the cave were broken using a blunt tool.
In conclusion, even though turtles did not have the same nutritional values as a larger game, they come to prove that early humans did value a rich and balanced diet.