Today's adventure in raw eating: bison kidney!
The last time I had kidney in any form was in a kidney pie in the Bahamas, served at a charming little restaurant called the Green Shutters. Its menu was English based, offering a wide range of traditional English fare. I had always been curious, so that was what I tried. My (admittedly distant) memory was that kidney was kind of tough and strong tasting but not unpleasant.
Flash forward to today, fresh off the delivery truck. Cutting into it, I found the texture not at all unlike raw liver. Having a good quality, sharp knife is a must for me or I'll cut my fingers to ribbons. I am a certified klutz in the kitchen. I cut up around a fourth of the portion, removed the white tissue, and retained the organ meat in bite sized pieces, popped it into a bowl, let it warm up from its chilled state, and started to sample.
Yes, bison kidney is strong! Stronger than liver, although the mouth feel for me was nearly identical. It's a little sweet, a little bitter, and very...juicy...for lack of a better word. Tender. It went down very easily, and I found myself full quickly. My stomach had been feeling a little off from a poor food choice earlier in the day made after having to fast for some medical testing. (Fasting + unpleasant procedure = I shouldn't set foot in any cafe afterward but should go straight home where I can't get myself into trouble. I am so the wide mouthed frog. >.< )
The kidney sat well. My body felt calm and pleased. I didn't want any fat with that particular meal, probably because organs are pretty fatty on their own.
Overall impression: successful food experiment. Yes, I would eat this again. However, probably no more than once or twice per month. Did I mention it's strong?