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Beef Tongue, Will It Make the Cut

Beef tongue is, formally, the cow's primary organ of taste. First eaten by hominids roughly two million years ago, beef tongue has long been a staple of the human diet.

Low in carbs, beef tongue is often spiced, sliced and diced and served in Mexican tacos or burritos. Beef tongue is also found in the classic Jewish delis of New York City, Boston, L.A. and Miami where it's often piled high on rye with mustard. Sendai City, an economic center of northeastern Japan, is famous for its grilled beef tongue with barley rice.

The world record for beef tongue consumption, set during the Glutton Bowl, is 3 pounds and 3 ounces in 12 minutes. It's important to note that the average beef tongue weighs 2 pounds. An elephant tongue weighs an astonishing 26 pounds while a human tongue weighs about six ounces.