Is gannet tasty?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

Oh man, let me tell you about gannet. It’s like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. And I mean that in the worst possible way. You know those really strong flavors that just hit you like a ton of bricks? Well, gannet is like that, but on steroids.

First of all, the taste. It’s like strong duck, but amplified to the max. And then it’s stewed in cod liver oil and salt. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m not a huge fan of cod liver oil to begin with. So imagine that taste, mixed with the already intense flavor of gannet. It’s not a pleasant combination, to say the least.

But let me tell you, the taste is nothing compared to the smell. When gannet is boiled, oh my God, the smell is just unbearable. I’m talking about the worst thing you have ever smelled, multiplied by a hundred thousand. It’s like a punch in the face with a rotting, fishy odor that just lingers in the air.

I remember the first time I ever encountered gannet. I was at a local seafood festival, and they had a booth selling all sorts of exotic seafood dishes. I thought, “Why not give it a try? It can’t be that bad.” Boy, was I wrong.

As soon as they started boiling the gannet, the smell hit me like a brick wall. It was so overpowering that I had to step back and cover my nose. But I was determined to try it, so I mustered up the courage and took a bite.

The taste was just as intense as the smell. It was like my taste buds were being assaulted by this pungent, fishy flavor that I couldn’t shake off. I tried to take another bite, thinking maybe I just needed to get used to it, but it was no use. I couldn’t stomach it.

I ended up giving the rest of my gannet to a friend who claimed to enjoy strong flavors. He took one bite and promptly spit it out, confirming my suspicions that gannet is definitely an acquired taste.

So, is gannet tasty? Well, if you enjoy strong, fishy flavors and don’t mind a smell that could knock you off your feet, then maybe it’s your cup of tea. But for me, it was an experience I’d rather not repeat.