WORLD TRIPE DAY
You’ll need a strong stomach to get through World Tripe Day. It’s on this day every October 24th that people celebrate a unique food called tripe. When you eat tripe, you’re eating the stomach lining of a cow!
Sounds gross, right? Before you start gagging, give tripe a chance. Just think, at one time, the world considered foods like lobster and snails gross, too. These foods were only deemed fit for the lower class. Now, they are among the most popular foods for the wealthy. While kings and queens may not be eating tripe, many people throughout the world are.
Cajun sausage often contains tripe. So do soups made in Mexico, India, Portugal, Poland, and the Philippines. The Vietnamese use tripe as an ingredient in pho, their national dish. Tripe is also consumed in France and Italy. In the United States, some restaurants have tripe on the menu. Fedora, a high-end restaurant in New York City, serves up tripe. So does Lenzi’s Restaurant in Pittsburgh.
If you’re still not sure you will ever eat tripe, consider the health benefits. Tripe is high in protein and low in calories. It also contains Vitamin B-12, zinc, calcium, and other minerals.
If you’re like most people, you probably have some questions about tripe.
- Are there different kinds of tripe? There are four types of tripe, depending on which cow stomach it comes from. The most common type of tripe is honeycomb tripe from the reticulum.
- How does tripe look? Tripe usually either has a yellowish-looking honeycomb pattern or a solid white sheet.
- What does tripe feel like? Tripe has a dense, chewy texture, sort of like calamari, but not as rubbery.
- Does tripe taste like chicken? Tripe does not taste like chicken! Some say that tripe tastes like liver.
- What does tripe smell like? Some people say that tripe smells like wet hay and dirt, sort of like a barn.
Once you get past the smell, feel, and look of tripe, you might actually like it!
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldTripeDay
The best way to observe World Tripe Day is to try some. If you have no idea how to prepare it, try this Roman Style Tripe recipe.
1 onion chopped
2 slices bacon chopped
1 T. chopped parsley
1/2 clove garlic chopped
2 T. tomato paste
1 cup water
2 lbs. parboiled tripe cut into finger strips
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 T. grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
Find the directions at simpleitaliancooking.com.
If you’re not sure where to buy tripe, ask your local butcher. Have you ever eaten tripe?
Use #WorldTripeDay to share your experience.
WORLD TRIPE DAY HISTORY
The Tripe Marketing Board created World Tripe Day in 2013. This UK-based online publication humorously promotes the consumption of tripe.
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