Monkey Brains (cuisine) - Consumption


It is still debated and difficult to substantiate whether live monkey brains was one of the items in the Qing dynasty's Manchu Han Imperial Feast. Paul Burrell, the former butler of Princess Diana, claims he was served monkey brains on banana leaves and coconut palms on one of their visits.

The Anyang tribe of Cameroon practices a tradition in which a new tribal chief would consume the brain of a hunted gorilla while another senior member of the tribe would eat the heart.

It is not only humans who eat the brains of monkeys. Both extant species of chimpanzee are known to eat the brains of monkeys which provide fat in their diet.

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