Cannibalism is generally considered to be in the realm of psychopaths and zombies — but if you've ever wondered what human flesh tastes like, an offbeat new promotional campaign for The Walking Dead's fifth season will give you a taste. Messhead, a London-based group of food creatives, has developed a burger that's as close as possible in flavor to actual human flesh — without, you know, actually including any.
To accurately capture the taste and texture of human flesh, Messhead drew inspiration from real-life cannibals who described the experience of eating their fellow human beings. "Think of the taste and texture of beef, except a little sweeter in taste and a little softer in texture," said one. "It melted in my mouth like raw tuna in a sushi restaurant," said another.
The final product? A burger composed of pork, veal, chicken liver, and bone marrow — though Messhead also clarifies that the taste of a real person would vary based on "age, the body part being consumed, and the method of cooking."
Londoners with strong stomachs can try to track down the human flesh burger on September 30, when samples will be given away for free in an as-yet undisclosed location in East London. Non-Londoners can find the recipe for the burger on the London Mess Facebook page.