Liver is a popular dish in many countries across the world. From Africa to Asia (sample Japan’s sashimi – raw fish liver) to Europe to America, there are numerous ways it’s prepared. However, not every fish, bird or mammal provides the best ingredients for a culinary chef-d’oeuvre. As a matter of fact, you may need to think twice if you ever find yourself in a situation where polar bear is consumed.
The dish is a finger-licking entrée in the Arctic where the natives prepare some polar bear soup to beat the cold. The liver though, is something they’ve learned to avoid. But some Western explorers learned this the hard way. As far back as 1596, explorers returned to Europe with cases of horrible illnesses that were the result of consuming polar bear liver.
Severity depended on how much of the liver was consumed because the more was eaten, the higher the chances of staring death in the face. Reason is because polar bear liver contains excess retinol – the kind of vitamin A found in members of the animal kingdom – which when consumed could result to death, after some nice suffering that include peeling of skin, hemorrhage, liver damage or coma.