We confess that we did not tell the whole truth about
the ambelopoulia in our issue of January 25-31.
important aspect of the story had to be left out in order not
to make it more revolting than it already was.
But we feel
we owe it, not only to those defenceless little creatures that
are caught and killed, but also to those in whose stomachs
they end up, because of the effect on their health. And we are
talking about the health of the nation here!
who like to eat ambelopoulia - and most do - often complain of
an upset stomach afterwards. This they usually attribute to
having gulped down too many little birds without chewing them
properly. Well, weve got news for them!
The reason for
their intestinal protest is that ambelopoulia are almost
always sold and served whole, that is without getting rid of
their entrails. And, of course, in their tiny little stomachs
they carry whatever they have been feeding on: insects, worms,
bacteria etc, etc.
The reason why ambelopoulia are
marketed whole is purely economical. Enough time is spent on
plucking the feathers of each bird, and it wouldn't be
profitable if more time were wasted to remove the entrails as
well. So, the poachers have cleverly spread the word around
that the most savoury part of the ambelopoulia is their
The motto goes "gulp it down whole." And so does
the gullible Cypriot - insects, worms and all - at CYP 2 each.
(WARNING: This is not a joke)