Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What does human meat taste like?

Seeing that topic in another blog makes me wonder now.

Humans, technically speaking, are omnivores. We take meat as well as vegetable. And from our long list of meat-menu there is this bipedal animal dubbed the Homo Sapien. Are you not curious? Head hunters in Borneo were well known for cannibalism, though the practice has since been decimated following the arrival of Christianity. Tribal groups in Africa practise cannibalism, because food is
scarce at time and you have to treasure every opportunity of obtaining protein in order to survive.

Cannibalized victims

Of course, there is one form of human meat that's considered just about acceptable to eat. Many people choose to eat the placenta after childbirth, a practice known as "placentophagy". Gross picture of placenta-not for the faint of heart. To prepare it, you need to remove the umbilical cord and membrane, and then treat it in a similar fashion to liver. You can chop it up and fry it, or mince it to make quite a rich Bolognese.

That's all very lovely, but like the liver the placenta probably isn't that representative of the general taste of human flesh. You have to go for the arm of leg~

I personally of course will not be able to devour a piece of myself, given that I know it is a piece of human flesh. Also I am confident that none of us who are sane enough are capable of swallowing a chunk of flesh peeled off someone else's arm.

Hence we have to look into the history for guidance, because there were people who cannibalized their neighbors and achieved superstardom overnight. Some of us have gone through hell studying what we're majoring in and yet we are still anonymous even in our own faculty. Time to take a bite at someone's butt eh?

We'll start off with Armin Meiwes from Germany.
I read about his story roughly three years ago, in the dorm of University of Malaya-got disgusted and couldn't eat my meal properly..

Armin Meiwes

He put up an advertisement on the internet for volunteers who are "willing to be butchered and eaten". Many signed up but soon backed off, but there was this dude Bernd Jürgen Brandes who bravely answered the advertisement. You can read the rest of the story here.

Bernd Jürgen Brandes

Having eaten an estimated 20kg of his victim, Meiwes is something of an expert on the subject, and in an interview from his prison cell he was more than happy to explain the taste: "The flesh tastes like pork, a little bit more bitter, stronger. It tastes quite good."


Next we'll meet the infamous Pole Karl Denke, "a devout, peaceful, generally respected citizen of Ziębice" who "turned out to be a cannibal who killed 40 people before his arrest (and immediate suicide) in 1924. He pickled their flesh in jars and sold it on the Wrocław market as 'pork'."


The same tactic was allegedly employed by Fritz Haarmann, a German who killed at least 24 people in Hanover, generally male prostitutes whose throats he bit while sodomising them. Rumours suggest he too sold his victims as pork on the black market, before his execution by beheading in 1925.

Another German serial killer, Karl Grossman was arrested in 1921 having enthusiastically murdered his way through the Great War. Grossman sold the meat from the estimated 50 women he killed on the black market, and even ran a hot dog stand where he offloaded the flesh, throwing the inedible remnants in a nearby river.

It turns out that many people may have eaten human flesh unintentionally, because these serial killers have been selling them as pork. And most of them are Germans o.O

Hence, we have reached a conclusion here; since there are a lot of them cannibals saying that human flesh tastes like pork, we could somehow suggest that we do somewhat taste a little bit like pork, indeed the taste is similar enough that the cannibals were daring enough to sell them as pork to pork-lovers in pre-WWII Germany.

Unless some of you could present any evidence of how we taste like, I would suggest to you that you are no tastier than a swine.





  1. we taste like pork.... hmmm, how funny that we eat pork and eventually we tasted just like em....

  2. That's just explained human does not just come from a chimpanzee family.

    Might as well come from a pork family. Or probably this just explained that, humans that devour dog's meat makes dog to hate a human being because they smells like dog.

    If you're being hated or being ignored in the society, does that prove that you're a humans' meat consumer?

  3. "If you're being hated or being ignored in the society, does that prove that you're a humans' meat consumer?"

    that's a good question--but I guess we all smell like human, and no one says that dog-meat eater is being hated by dogs unless u can prove to me with a statistic of people not having a good relationship with their barking pet and their feeding behavior. And we're not hated by pigs though we taste like 'em.

    And thus we are hated in society not because we smell like human, or consume human flesh-- but rather some odorless values. In fact some of the serial killers mentioned above are well liked.

  4. well, that's just a suggestion. probably someone in the future will drop by your blog and took this suggestion for a survey i guess.

  5. William Buehler Seabrook, a journalist with the New York Times, traveled to West Africa and lived with the Guere tribe. He asked the chief what human meat tasted like, but the chief couldn't describe it to Seabrook's satisfaction. Seabrook had the opportunity to try it himself, a man while had recently died in an accident. He got a portion of stew with rice as well as a "sizeable rump steak, also a small loin roast to cook or have cooked" however he wanted. In his book "Jungle Ways," he described it as follows:

    "It was like good, fully developed veal, not young, but not yet beef. It was very definitely like that, and it was not like any other meat I had ever tasted. It was so nearly like good, fully developed veal that I think no person with a palate of ordinary, normal sensitiveness could distinguish it from veal. It was mild, good meat with no other sharply defined or highly characteristic taste such as for instance, goat, high game, and pork have. The steak was slightly tougher than prime veal, a little stringy, but not too tough or stringy to be agreeably edible. The roast, from which I cut and ate a central slice, was tender, and in color, texture, smell as well as taste, strengthened my certainty that of all the meats we habitually know, veal is the one meat to which this meat is accurately comparable."

    The Polynesians and Melanesians in the South Pacific called Europeans 'Long Pig' because they claimed their flesh tasted sweet like pork and much different compared to their neighbors. American firefighters often cannot stand the smell of bacon because it reminds them of burnt human flesh.

    So we have two opinions: veal and pork.

    As with any meat sold in the market, the taste will vary depending on what the person was raised on. A high-pork diet such as Europeans have, will result in a "pork" flavor. A high beef diet will result in a taste of veal (such as the quote above). An all-fish or vegan diet will produce a completely different taste.

    People in Vanuatu (South Pacitic) say they still terribly miss eating human meat, both as a source of protein and the ultimate way to humiliate members of rival villages. They claim female flesh tastes considerably better than male, although this is due to the fact that the men spend much of their time drinking the strong peppery Kava plant, which "taints the meat." So again, it depends upon one's diet.

    The person's health would obviously affect the quality. A sickly person would be like eating a sick cow. The meat would be tainted and frankly unhealthy. Someone obese would have a greasier flavor than someone lean.

    So in conclusion, the flavor of human meat depends upon one's diet and health. Age and sex many play a role as well.

  6. Good God almighty save me from the evils of this world....

  7. I would love to be meat for real. I want to be taking into the woods and hunted lik an animal, then after I have been taken down hung upside down ,gutted and made into meat right there. Anyone havethe balls to do it.



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