#280 Fugu

Puffer fish is called fugu in Japan.

河豚/fugu is made up of the characters for “river” and “pig”. Mmm.

It is often served raw in thin slices.

fugu-sashimi

Fugu is a dangerous dish and people preparing it have to go through training.

A neural toxin, called tetrodotoxin, is contained within the internal organs of a puffer fish and it can cause muscle paralysis and lead to respiratory standstill.

596px-Tetrodotoxin-3D-balls

Fugu is best eaten in winter when the fish are fattened up for the cerold weath… but it’s also the most expensive!

Fugu can range from 2000 yen a plate to over 20,000 yen.

It was even featured on the Simpsons:
simpsons

If you’re interested there’s a whole wiki page dedicated to fugu.

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