1. JenM says

    How strange – I just saw the hagfish slime on the Animal Planet last night. It didn’t look like anything I’d want to touch or cook with, blech.

  2. SEF says

    There might be some people who are allergic to the proteins in hagfish slime but otherwise it could be a good substitute for those who are allergic to eggs. It’s probably not a vegan foodstuff though, since the hagfish had to be scared first (which makes it even more unfriendly to produce than milk).

  3. says

    This is hardly fair. Lampreys have long been considered a great delicacy (or cheap eats) in Europe, and have been wiped out in the fisheries there. Parts of our Great Lakes are swarming with the evil little buggers, and it might actually help reduce the numbers of this invasive species if Americans had an appetite for them.

  4. Bob O'H says

    “…since the hagfish had to be scared first …”

    This raises the obvious question: how do you scare a hagfish?


  5. Torbjörn Larsson says

    Interesting. Of course, eggs are ickier since they start off with bird excrement on them – I don’t think any cage construction prohibits that. Maybe I should try hagnog this winter?

  6. SEF says

    how do you scare a hagfish

    Show it an episode of Buffy? A mirror? Or just a gung-ho marine biology student – they look scary enough (I think it’s the woolly hat which does it).

  7. says

    So, what’s the RDA of hagfish slime? How many calories, etc.? Are there nutritional benefits vs. eggs? I see a grant in someone’s future.

    Hagnog. Awesome.

  8. says

    I’ve always been curious about what lamprey tastes like, ever since I read that King Henry I of England died after overindulging in them at a banquet…
    I never considered hagfish to be edible, if only because their immense slime-producing abilities.
    But, now that their slime has been proven edible, I’m thinking of reconsidering my previous preconception. Hmmm…
    Hagfish stuffed in a fried pepper?

  9. says

    Then, I’m not sure if we should advertize recipes for lampreys, as, while the sea lamprey is a destructive vermin in the Great Lakes, the native brook lampreys, particularly those of California, happen to be endangered species.