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Crocodylus Lechonensis

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Apr 17, 2013

After the capture of the endangered saltwater crocodile, Lolong, in Agusan Marsh, and its death shortly after, crocodiles have been in the limelight. Then here comes Davao Crocodile Park roasting a crocodile.

Various reactions to roasting crocodile and eating it have been gathered—from dismay to outright disgust and then those who look at it as one delicious treat.

The Davao Crocodile Park secures special permits from the Department of Environment before preparing one of its farm-bred crocodiles for commercial or food purposes. Take note of the farm-bred. Meaning these are not wild crocodiles but cultured, bred and raised at the Davao Crocodile Park.

Crocodile meat is low in fat, low in calories and high in protein. It is perfect for those who are on diet. The price may be prohibitive at PhP2,000 per kilo, but as a once in a while treat, it is worth it.

The crocodile meat looks like a cross between roasted beef and pork and tastes like chicken. A little grainy but tender and just right.

This particular crocodile is a sub adult at 6 years old and weighs almost 40 kilos.

Since there was no freezer to accommodate its size, the staff had to dig a hole and put in rice hull, ice and salt as a makeshift freezer. The whole crocodile was marinated overnight in beer, pineapple juice, kalamansi, coco syrup, sili, pepper corns and various spices.

Roasting started at 4pm and ended a little around 7pm. By then, almost all the park goers were looking for the source of the delicious smell and could not resist taking pictures of it and with it.

The aroma was so enticing; everyone wanted to have a taste of the lechon crocodile. It was worth the “dare”.

How to Get There:

From Manila, Davao City is an hour and 40 minutes by plane and 3 days and 2 nights by land and sea. Airfare range from PhP8,000 to 10,000 (US$186-233). Davao Crocodile Park is just 15 minutes ride by taxi from the airport or from any point from downtown Davao. Taxi Flag down rate is Php40. Jeepney fare starts at Php8 (US$0.19)

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