Snake wine or Vietnamese wine available in Southeast Asia & Southern China, is considered as a medicine since it is believed that it makes man stronger. The origin of snake wine is Vietnam.
There are two varieties of snake wine:
• Steeped: A large venomous snake can be placed into a glass jar of rice wine, often with many smaller snakes, turtles, insects, or birds, and left to steep for many months. However, the snake venom is denatured by the ethanol (its proteins are unfolded and therefore inactivated) .The wine is drunk as a restorative in small shots or cups.
• Mixed: Body fluids of snake are mixed into wine and consumed immediately in the form of a shot. In the restaurants and bars of various lethal snakes are kept on show in cages for the customers to choose from. Once picked it usually takes two men to kill the angry reptile, one to hold it upright and the other to slice it open from head to tail. The blood is then poured into a vat to be mixed with rice wine. Not much goes to waste as the heart is cut out and the gall bladder is emptied and mixed with wine in shot glasses. After the drinking is done the snake is fried and served up over several hours.
MEDICINAL VALUE OF SNAKE WINE:
Snakes are widely believed to possess medicinal qualities and the wine is often advertised to cure everything from farsightedness to hair loss, as well as to increase sexual performance. However, many of these claims are likely exaggerated to attract buyers.
LAWS REGARDING TRADE OF SNAKE WINE:
It is illegal to import snake wine to many countries including the United States because the cobras and other snakes killed in the production are often endangered species.
COST & COLOR OF SNAKE WINE:
The cost varies & the color too varies from Rose pink to red
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