Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Hundreds Line Up For Sheep Testicles

Hundreds of people waited in lines for up to an hour for a chance to taste something different at the 16th annual Mountain Oyster Fry.

Servers at five booths dispensed about 130 pounds of "fried oysters," or sheep testicles, at the Saturday event in this historic mining town about 25 miles southeast of Reno.

Visitors gave mixed reviews to the tiny morsels, which can be fried, barbecued, stuffed, or ground up and sauteed.

"People think, 'Oh sheep testicles, gross,' but it was pretty good," said Amanda Palmer, 21, of nearby Carson City.

Among other things, the versatile meat has been used in tacos and sloppy Joes.

"We try to get families from all over to try them, but they're all `nuh-uh,'" said Shauna Reese, 32, of Reno. "It's just another tender meat."

2007 The Associated Press

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