The Titicaca frog/Telmatobius culeus

[Caution: The following post may be offensive if you are overly sensitive or have a weak stomach.]

Your most vital nutritional needs in a survival situation are protein and fat. Most insects are rich in both. Turn off your cultural bias against eating insects. Edible bugs are good “survival food”. 😉

Are you suffering from low sex drive? Have a frog smoothie! 😉 Deep fried crickets in Bangkok, the deadly Puffer fish in Japan, fried Tarantulas in Cambodia, Big Butt Ants in Mexico, and Kangaroo in Australia – wherever you travel there are local delicacies to be enjoyed, or endured. We could not say frogs are a stable component of the human diet, but in some countries people DO eat frogs. People in Peru drink a particular kind of smoothie called ‘Frog-shake’ which has a skinned frog as the main ingredient among other ingredients. However, the ingredients require you to have a strong stomach. They call it ‘The Peruvian Viagra’ and they say it’s great for you if you have a low sex drive.

Ladies and gentlemen allow me to introduce Telmatobius culeus, the new key ingredient for Peruvian “Viagra”. The Titicaca frog has many uses; the native Indians used them as rainmakers during times of drought and also in traditional medicine to treat a number of ailments including tuberculosis, fever, anemia and female infertility. Most importantly it is believed that the Titicaca frog has aphrodisiac properties and is therefore also known as Peruvian viagra.

It was discovered in 1876 by S.W. Garman who gave it the scientific name of Telmatobius culeus, which is Latin for ‘aquatic scrotum’. This appears to be a fair and accurate description of the frog, as the Titicaca frog is distinguished by its baggy-skinned appearance which is believed to be an evolutionary adaptation to the oxygen-depleted air of the high Andes. This is no place for an amphibian. But this frog survives by living permanently at the bottom of the lake, never surfacing and breathing only through his skin.

It therefore appears to be true that the Peruvians have gone one better than the French and not only eat frogs but drink them as well. Should you be interested in joining your South American cousins in this novel beverage, the recipe for frog juice is quite simple. The Peruvian Viagra is made from white bean soup, honey, aloe vera, some maca root and lastly but by no means at least a whole raw frog with its belly cut open but must be put into the mix. The drink looks like a milkshake apparently and will sting your throat when you drink it and many Peruvian men and women swear by its good effects. Many people treat the frog juice as their morning and afternoon cup of coffee. They believe that the concoction gives power.

Doesn’t it make you curious? Interested? Even a little excited? … Here you go.

Frog-shake frogpuccino
*from Peru Carmen Gonzalez*

1 frog, plucked and clean
3 cups of hot, white bean broth
2 tablespoon of honey
¼ cup raw aloe Vera plant
4 tablespoons of grounded Maca (Andean root)

Fill a standard blender with white bean broth, honey, raw aloe vera and maca and blend at high speed until smooth. Add the frogs and repeat the process until all the ingredients are blended. Drink immediately. Cheers to the good sex!

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6 Responses to The Titicaca frog/Telmatobius culeus

  1. akamonsoon says:

    Oh boy! Maybe we can include frog in our next month’s Bake Quest. 😉

  2. zoom50 says:

    Thank you for reading my blog!!

  3. Aussie Emjay says:

    I grew up eating Kangaroo tail soup – more like a stew actually. I’ve also tried Witchetty Grubs – not so nice 🙂 and smoked snake (like smoked eel).

    • zoom50 says:

      Kangaroo tail soup? 🙂 Mm mmmm! Something I’ve always wanted to try ordering in a restaurant but never dared to. Now you’ve inspired me – Sounds delisssh!
      Witchetty Grubs? advice greatly appreciated! I ate smoked eel at sushi restaurant once and that kind of tasted like soap, to me Lol.

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