Friday, July 6, 2012

Snake Wine

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“Snake wine is an alcoholic beverage produced by infusing whole snakes in rice wine or grain alcohol. The drink was first recorded to have been consumed in China during the Western Zhou dynasty and considered an important curative and believed to reinvigorate a person according to Traditional Chinese medicine.[1] It can be found in China, Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia. The snakes, preferably venomous ones, are not usually preserved for their meat but to have their "essence" and snake venom dissolved in the liquor. However, the snake venom is denatured by the ethanol; its proteins are unfolded and therefore inactive.”
(from Wikipedia)

On Naked Underground, Don Wildman visits Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. While there he tests a traditional snake wine. It is important in their culture, especially to the men for the purpose of making them stronger and for sexual activity.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow! I haven't tried snake wine, but I've tried Mezcal with a worm in it!