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The nutria, Myocastor coypus, is a large semi-aquatic rodent. The generic name is derived from two Greek words (mys, for mouse, and kastor, for beaver) that translate as mouse beaver.This herbivore may weight up to 20 lbs and reach about 24 inches from tip of nose to tip of tail. Although it looks similar to a musk rat the nutria is easily identified by its brown fur and orange teeth.
Where do you come from little buddy?
The Nutria is native to South America and was brought to the United states by fur ranchers. Typically they are found in Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, and Virginia. But it is most notibly recognized as being located in Louisiana.
Nutria are pest...but at least they taste great.
Nutria are not native to North America. With that said they are a pest. They cause extensive damage to wetlands. And like most rodents they reproduce rapidly.Nutria will eat entire plants and will exploit wetlands in fresh, brackish and salt water. The population can be controlled through hunting. The meat is lean and great tasting. also nutria is a great source of protein.
Have you ever heard of nutria?
12 oz tomato paste
• 16 oz tomato sauce
• 3 24oz cans red kidney beans (drained) • 6 Tablespoons garlic powder • 3 Tablespoons onion powder • 2 Tablespoons ground cumin • 2 Tablespoons parsley • 2 Teaspoons oregano • 1/2 Teaspoon salt • 1/2 Teaspoon ground black pepper • 1 Tablespoon chipotle powder • 1 Teaspoon habenero chile powder • 1 medium onion, chopped • 4 whole red habeneros (deveined, deseeded and chopped) • 6 jalepenos (deveined, deseeded and chopped) • 2 New Mexican chiles (deveined, deseeded and chopped)
• 2 diced medium tomatoes
• 1/4 cup masa
• 2.5 pound ground Nutria• 6 oz beer (1/2 can)
- Saute the onion in a small amount of oil
- Brown Nutria
- Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, kidney beans, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper, chipotle powder, habenero powder, habeneros, jalapenos, New Mexican chiles and bring to a simmer.
- Simmer for 45mins and serve