With the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, various auction items are being offered to the highest bidder. Last week, an admission ticket for the voyage fetched $56,250 while a menu on the ship sold for $31,250. There is one item on the menu however that caught my eye and curiosity.
The menu reportedly offered well-healed travelers various dishes including “tongue of castrated rooster.” This is a new for me. I have certainly seen various tongue dishes around the world, but was it necessary to castrate the rooster?
Castrated roosters are called capons. Romans began the practice in the belief that castration improves the taste of the bird. But how does that affect the tongue?
What is clear is that roosters were probably not rooting for the passengers on April 15, 1912.