While we’re sitting here freaking out about Japan’s all-black burgers and hot dogs, writer Laurie Woolever is on a mission to spread the word about another, even more incredible noir-ish foodstuff: the silkie chicken, whose black skin and bones is entirely natural.
Silkies (or, as we like to call them, Jaden Smith chickens) “owe their unusual black color to fibromelanosis, a rare genetic mutation of hyperpigmentation believed to have first arisen in China,” she writes inModern Farmer. Another biological oddity? Silkies have five toes instead of the usual four.
Photo: Mama Tong Soups
Because silkies haven’t been bred into massive Franken-birds like today’s commercial chickens (how terrifying would that be?), they tend to be small and bony, and thus not ideal for your murdered-out Sunday roast. But Woolever notes that they are often used in soups, and she includes a delicious-sounding recipe for silkie noodle soup.
While the flesh and bones are always black, silkies actually have super-luxe, silk-like plumage that can appear in many colors, from white to purple. Look at this majestic bird:
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
If you want an even more Goth bird in your coop, look to the Ayam Cemani of Indonesia. Often called the “Lamborghini of Poultry” because each chicken goes for around $2,500 each, this rare breed is completely blacked-out from head to toe—even the organs are black (Satan bird!). If you’re the type of street-goth whose wardrobe consists entirely of Rick Owens and En Noir, this is the chicken for you.
Photos: Geekologie, En Noir
Pro tip: Cook up your silkies and Ayam Cemanis alongside some albino lobsters for the most obscenely #rare feast of all time. Be sure to finish things off with a Yubari King Melon while you’re at it.