Imagine you were a woman who just came home after the long and arduous task of heralding your cute bundle into the world. Pining for a hot meal of home made soup after the dry meal you had to put up with at the hospital.
You managed to take your shower before your bff or sis or sweet hubby brought this spicy, steamy soup for you to gorge down, as an appetizer before the main meal.
First spoon, second spoon…down your famished throat..and it suddenly occurred to you the meat looked and tasted unfamiliar, strange, and you took it upon yourself to ask “what kind of meat is this? Doesn’t taste like beef”
And, wait for this, your bff or sis or hubby replied with a mischievous smirk, “It’s the baby’s placenta”
Yuck or yummy? Which would it be?
For me, 100% sure everything I had taken in would come struggling impatiently up and out of my esophagus immediately.
This is one tradition that is fast gaining ground globally, relatively common among the Chinese. Even relatives who were reportedly hooked on the wonders packed into the life sized organ would cook and eat before the new mother had a chance to recover from her beautiful travail.
The recipes are endless to choose from: Placenta cocktail, placenta stew, placenta pizza, placenta lasagne, placenta roast, placenta sandwich, etc.
“Yummy or Yucky” Placenta meals.
Technology has also helped lots as some ‘specialists’ now prepare and pack them into small pills, to be taken by the new mothers. You wouldn’t even know you were taking placenta.
The ‘experts’ who prepare the placenta would cut up the ‘meat’ and cook it thoroughly, adding spices as required. Then, painstakingly freeze and dry the cooked ‘meat’, grind or blend and turn into capsules.
Some reportedly cook, blend and drink it while some prefer blending it uncooked and drinking raw.
Yummy or Yuck?
And the benefits?
It is widely believed that it has anti – ageing properties, it help prevent post – natal depression, improves breast milk production or lactation and also boost energy level. Talk about a true miracle pill!
And for some, if celebrities like January Jones are doing it, then it must be completely normal. Or if the next door neighbour or best friend did it then it’s totally natural.
(For those practicing placenta eating and those planning to do so, please, remember not to tell your child when s/he grows up what you did)