Queen Elizabeth Lamprey
Queen Elizabeth Lamprey, A lot of people would like to eat like a queen, but probably not if the dish was lamprey pie.
But that treat made from eel-like fish is being prepared by the British city of Gloucester in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in June, the 60th anniversary of the queen’s ascent to the throne, according to Associated Press.
It seems the city has given the pie as a gift to the standing monarch since the Middle Ages — and offered one to the Queen at her 1952 coronation. This time around they had to resort to drastic measures to get the creepy creatures since lampreys are now an endangered species in the United Kingdom, the British website ThisIsGloucestershire.co.uk reported.
So the city made an inquiry to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, in Ann Arbor, Mich., in hopes of getting a few donated to the cause.
Officials like Commission spokesman Marc Gaden were only too happy to comply since the lampreys are an invasive, barely controlled nuisance in the Great Lakes, known for attaching themselves to the bodies of native fish, such as lake trout, and sucking out their innards, usually killing them.
“We would prefer to send them truckloads of lamprey,” Gaden told the Detroit Free Press.