Okay some groundhogs apparently can predict the seasons. But do they taste good?
Well, we're not exactly sure, but they certainly are edible!
A Mother Earth News article from 1984 details in length the life of a groundhog (also known as whistlepigs and woodchucks) and just how to hunt and prepare them.
"You can use woodchuck meat in virtually any recipe calling for small game and in many other dishes as well," the article reads. Recipes for Woodchuck Pie and Woodchuck Stew and included. Yum!?
Groundhogs are considered a nuisance in some areas of the country. They burrow into the ground, causing erosion and creating holes that access their tunnels. A 2008 article in Southern Maryland Newspapers explains how this is a problem for farmers and landowners. But they are edible, the article explains, which creates a beneficial situation for those with a taste for the animal.
‘‘My mother and grandmother used to fix that stuff,” Theresa Young said in the article. ‘‘You would bring it home and clean and cook it, and eat it. All of them are different, but they’re what they used to use for food. They would cook it just like they cook chicken nowadays."
Young also contributed to a recipe book titled ‘‘300 Years of Black Cooking in St. Mary’s County." The cookbook included a recipe for flour-dusted pieces of muskrat, rabbit or squirrel, and a recipe for cooking opossum in a roasting pan.
Young said the same choices would apply to cooking a groundhog.
Have you ever eaten groundhog?