Yup, we aren’t kidding. Apparently normal, modern medicine wasn’t enough. Locals in Peru and Bolivia have taken to drinking a tall glass of freshly blended frogs which they believe is the answer to curing almost any ailment from stress to bronchitis.
How do they do it?
Well, making the frog juice is apparently the easy part. Ask for a glass and the juice stall owner grabs a frog from the tank, cuts its neck with a knife in one quick motion(hopefully painless) and skins it in a very matter-of-fact kind of way. The freshly-skinned frogs are then blended with carrots, honey and Peruvian maca root till its smooth and light green in colour.
“It’s very good for anaemia and for chest complaints, but for anyone who’s ill, if you take it three or four times a week, you will feel better very quickly”, a customer was quoted as saying on the BBC website.
Some customers even take it as far as to just buy a couple of frogs to make their own frog smoothie at home.
It just keeps getting worse:
These “medicinal” properties have absolutely no scientific backing. Apart from this basic fact, the juice can only be made from a particular frog from the Telmatobius culeus species, a water frog from Lake Titicaca that is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
“It costs five Peruvian soles – just under $2,” says a juice stall owner on the BBC website. “I sell maybe a 100 “a day.” She’s well aware some of the frog species are under threat. “We all know that, but well… when they disappear, they disappear. But while we have them, we can help people with this drink.”
Well, would you drink this stomach-churning concoction? We wouldn’t!