Frog Legs, Chinese IW Poly
Frog legs are eaten in parts of the Southern United States, particularly South and Central Florida. They are commonly eaten in the state of Louisiana. The most common kinds of frogs eaten are bullfrogs and leopard frogs as these are abundant in most of the country, including the South. However, their popularity is spreading.
Frog legs are often said to taste like chicken because of a texture most similar to chicken wings.
Frogs are raised commercially in certain countries, e.g. Vietnam. Frog muscle does not resolve rigor mortis as quickly as warm-blooded muscle, so heat from cooking can cause fresh frog legs to twitch.
Some methods of cooking include egg/cracker crumb breading. They are either fried or grilled. Deep fried frog legs can also be found at fairs. Other methods brought to America by Tuscan Italians were to add the frog legs to a pot of tomato stew for spreading over pasta.
The Frog Leg Festival
In 1990, several members of the City of Fellsmere, FL, were very concerned about the fact that there was no funding source available for the recreational needs of the children in Fellsmere. The local residents thought frog leg dinners might be unique to entice folks to the city. They arranged the event and 400 dinners later the frog legs were sold out! They have since grown to 7,000 dinners and more that 80,000 people attend the 4 day event.