Skiers and boarders visiting the Lake Tahoe area this weekend might build up a mighty appetite for bull’s balls. Yep, that’s right… testicles. The 20th Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry will be held at the Delta Saloon Parking Lot in Virginia City, Nev. on March 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the event, professional and amateur cooks and chefs from all over the region will compete to serve up the best testicles in the West.
The bull testicles are called Rocky Mountain Oysters, most likely because they look like oysters when they are fried up. They are served in various ways around the Western U.S. from Texas to Montana and also go by the name prairie oysters or beef fries. For generations the testicles have been used as a food source in order to not let any part of the animal go to waste. The testicles are also considered to be an aphrodisiac.
At this year’s event, there will be rewards for the best overall tasting oyster, the most creative dish, best presentation and best booth design. The oysters usually sell for around $1 a piece and can sell out quickly. Virginia City is about a 45-minute drive from North Lake Tahoe and about a 30-minute drive from Reno.
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