I could not help myself. I had to know more. Just so we’re all clear on this, a gizzard is the “muscular stomach” of a bird. All birds, as well as crocodiles and certain fish, have gizzards. According to Wikipedia, “poultry gizzards are a popular food throughout the world”. Sold as street food in Haiti and throughout southeast Asia, gizzards are considered part of a complete fried poultry dish in Indonesia. So apparently, in Indonesia, if there’s no gizzard on the plate, you pitch a hissy fit and send your whole order back to the kitchen. (Editorial comment: whole parts of the globe are now permanently deleted from my travel future…)
For the toothless creatures who sport them, the gizzard is indubitably handy. As Wikipedia so aptly describes: “It can grind the food with stones that have been swallowed and pass it back to the true stomach and vice versa. Bird gizzards are lined with a tough layer made of the carbohydrate-protein complex koilin, to protect the muscles in the gizzard and to aid in digestion.” Tasty, yes? A word to the wise: don’t eat gizzards anyplace but Joe’s. That’s Joe’s Gizzard City in Potterville, Michigan. Seriously, you MUST click on this link:
Given my recent dental experience, who knows, maybe I should have more respect for the gizzard option. After all, you don’t see a lot of hens at the dentist, right?