What are Rocky Mountain Oysters?

They are also known as Prairie Oysters, Montana Tender Groins, Cowboy Caviar, Swinging Beef, and Calf Fries – are true Western delicacies. They are that part of the bull that is removed in his youth so that he may thereby be more tractable, grow meatier, and behave less masculine.  When the calves are branded, the testicles are cut off and thrown in a bucket of water.  They are then peeled, washed, rolled in flour and pepper, and fried in a pan.

They are considered to be quite a delicacy.  Like other organ meats, testicles may be cooked in a variety of ways – deep-fried whole, cut into broad, thin slices, or marinated.  At roundups in the old West, cowboys and ranch hands tossed the meat on a hot iron stove, When the calf fries exploded, they were done.

Eating animal genitalia dates back to ancient Roman times, when it was believed that eating a healthy animal’s organ might correct some ailment in the corresponding human organ of the male person eating it.  Because of this belief, the practice continues to the present day, especially in Asia, where animal genitalia are considered an Aphrodisiac.

Folks of the Rocky Mountain region are not squeamish. Testicle festivals are held every spring and fall in Montana.  These festivals can be very rowdy and may not be the best place to bring your children.  If you can not get to a festival, many restaurants and bars in Montana, Idaho, and Kansas serve Rocky Mountain oysters all year long and with less fanfare.

Calories in Homemade Rocky Mountain Oysters

Nutrition Facts

Homemade – Rocky Mountain Oysters

Calories 192 Sodium 3,493 mg
Total Fat 1 g Potassium 131 mg
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 31 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 0 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 0 g
Trans 0 g Protein 4 g
Cholesterol 0 mg    
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 0% Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Here is a tasty recipe for Rocky Mountain Oysters if you have the chance to give these a try do it.

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