They’re some of America’s favorite pets, those small and fuzzy animals that are known as the guinea pig. The Guinea Pig stands as one of the world’s longest domesticated animals, having been domesticated in South America for up to 5000 years. While most of the world may think of them as an adorable pet along the lines of a rat, they have far more in common with the bunny rabbit. You see, in Peru, they’re a staple of their diet, and have been since time out of mind.
History of Guinea Pig Appreciation Day
“What’s that?” I hear you ask. “They EAT them?” Certainly they do, and they’re considered a very traditional and popular food in their Peruvian home. In Peru they’re called Cuy, and 11 tons of them were consumed in 2014, with fully 90% of them being sent to the United States for consumption. The Peruvian Andes have been the home of this cuisine, and it holds much the same place as Filet Mignon or Lobster in the United States, the perfect special meal for birthdays and celebrations. We mentioned rabbit earlier? Well, it just so happens they’re often compared to them in flavor.
Of course, if you’re going to go with a traditional Peruvian preparation, you’d best be ready to stare the little gibbon right in the eye. They’re often served whole, and aside from the fact that it’s very clear you’re eating a guinea pig, it can be quite tricky to find pure meat on the animal. The locals solve this by consuming every morsel of the animal and moving on.
Thankfully, Guinea Pig Appreciation Day doesn’t require the consumption of these little guys. In addition to being a delicious part of Peruvian cuisine, they’re also some of the most loving and attentive pets you can own. So whether you’re a gourmand looking for a new treat, or a pet owner looking for a new friend, Guinea Pig Appreciation Day is for you!
How to celebrate Guinea Pig Appreciation Day
For most of us, we’re going to celebrate Guinea Pig Appreciation Day by ogling pictures of cute Guinea Pigs. If you’re looking for a new pet, Guinea Pigs can be perfect, if you already have one then just go ahead and treat them to their favorite treat today, and spend the day playing with them. On the other hand, if you’re ready for a culinary adventure, it’s entirely possible to find exotic meat shops that will carry guinea pig prepared for consumption.