Roasted frog was on menu for ancient Britons

At a dig near Stonehenge in England, archaeologists have found the remains of roasted frogs, suggesting the creature may have been a popular meal at the end of the last ice age. John Hall, at The Independent, reports on what is clearly the most important part of this revelation:

The discovery means that the French - far from being the inventors of the amphibious delicacy - are likely to have stolen it from British cuisine at some point in the 8,000 or so years between the Blick Mead banquet and the 12th Century AD - when church records first refer to frogs’ legs being eaten in France.

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  1. People eat frogs. Not just French people. What an astonishing fact.

    Now, for a real scoop, go find find some people-eating frogs.

  2. Right. As far as I remember it the Romans were pretty big fans of frogs. Even the article notes there's plenty of evidence of it throughout Europe, and its incredibly common in Asia. It hardly calls into questions "the authenticity of characteristic Gallic cooking". If this wasn't a British newspaper looking to get a dig in at the French I'm reasonably sure the assumption would be that frogs were eaten wherever frogs were available. Because frogs are tasty, and in the annals of weird shit to eat frogs are tasty, easy to get your hands on, easy to process and frankly not that weird.

  3. Best reaction GIF ever.

  4. Well, first in written European history, and that's pretty much all that counts, right?

  5. I particularly enjoy the crunchy frog chocolates....

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