Nicaragua: Iguana soup - drought-stricken Managua's dish of the day *GRAPHIC*01:14

Nicaragua: Iguana soup - drought-stricken Managua's dish of the day *GRAPHIC*

Nicaragua, managua
August 21, 2014 at 11:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Iguana soup was on the menu Thursday at a market in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, as Nicaragua faces food shortages amid its worst drought in 32 years, according to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INET).

Some government officials have recommended citizens raise iguanas for food to cope with the shortage.

According to Nicaragua's national livestock commission, about 2,500 cattle starved to death in July as a result of the drought, with roughly 600,000 of the country's 4.1 million livestock animals facing also starvation in the coming months. Although hunting iguanas is prohibited by law between January 1 and April 30, some restaurants and markets raise the popular house pets for human consumption.

Green Iguanas are used as a source of meat in several Central and South American countries. They are sometimes called "bamboo chicken" because they are said to taste like chicken.

Nicaragua: Iguana soup - drought-stricken Managua's dish of the day *GRAPHIC*01:14
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Iguana soup was on the menu Thursday at a market in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, as Nicaragua faces food shortages amid its worst drought in 32 years, according to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INET).

Some government officials have recommended citizens raise iguanas for food to cope with the shortage.

According to Nicaragua's national livestock commission, about 2,500 cattle starved to death in July as a result of the drought, with roughly 600,000 of the country's 4.1 million livestock animals facing also starvation in the coming months. Although hunting iguanas is prohibited by law between January 1 and April 30, some restaurants and markets raise the popular house pets for human consumption.

Green Iguanas are used as a source of meat in several Central and South American countries. They are sometimes called "bamboo chicken" because they are said to taste like chicken.