Maybe you’ve come across examples of humans eating dirt throughout history, perhaps due to certain disorders or out of necessity (geophagy)-dirt is not typically something that one finds at high-end restaurants, but Ne Quittez Pas, a French-inspired Japanese restaurant in Tokyo has decided to add dirt to its $110 menu.
Rocket News 24 reveals the list of courses incorporating dirt as the star ingredient, like potato starch and dirt soup, salad with dirt dressing, dirt risotto, and dirt ice cream and dirt gratin for dessert.
The report says that “the food tasted so little of the earthiness I was expecting that I’d kind of forgotten about that ingredient,” also assuring that the soil is tested for its safety and purity.
The chef in the restaurant is Japanese, although he was trained in France. Chef Toshio Tanabe has also worked at numerous Michelin-starred restaurants prior to opening Ne Quittez Pas in 1994.
Many might think that dirt is quite easy to come by, and should help to reduce the cost of the menu. However, it has been reported that Chef Toshio Tanabe only uses the best dirt – which apparently has to be shipped in from Sri Lanka and India.
The restaurant imports its dirt through dirt-selling company Protoleaf, which tests the dirt for safety and purity before distributing it.
Eating dirt is not known to be recommended by medical professionals though, however, over recent years there have been some nutritionists who suggest eating clay may have some real health benefits.
A nutrition expert at the Yale School of Medicine and a medical contributor for ABC News, Dr. David L. Katz, has said: “It is possible that the binding effect of clay would cause it to absorb toxins.”
Clay also has a well-documented ability to absorb plant toxins.
Don’t know what to say about this though, but isn’t dirt a weird choice of ingredient?
Would you eat a meal with dirt as one of the ingredients?