A Basque food or a wild species from the Basque Highlands

A Basque food or a wild species from the Basque Highlands

Have you heard about wild mondeju?

Probably not…
Mondeju is a quite slippery strange creature that lives in some remote spots of the Basque Highlands. There is a black wild mondeju family in the vicinity of Ataun; and a white wild mondeju lineage teeming by Zaldibia, being this last one the most famous and abundant. In October, during the Santa Fe Festival in Zaldibia, there is a recognized mondejus contest where the nicest specimens are rewarded.
White mondejus love eggs and they use to steal them from neighbouring henhouses to eat them until they’re filled up.

Some zoologists think wild mondejus could be some ancestors of wild haggis (Haggis Scoticus), the scots species whose left legs are of different size than the right ones. This odd feature allows them to run faster through sloped lands, as the one in the Scottish – and Basque- Highlands. Thus, mondejus would have arrived from the Basque Country thousands of years ago with the Basque ancestors that travelled north during the glaciation and that reached the British Isles.

Some other sources affirm that mondejus are just a special type of sausage typical from Zaldibia. A savoury ancient recipe from Basque farmhouses where sheep were sacrificed just days before pigs were. The ingredients for mondeju would be onions, leeks, salt and species mixed up with sheep pluck.

But this extreme has not been yet confirmed. You can help to prove this weird theory by visiting the Basque Highlands and asking the local people!

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