Have you ever wondered what a Chocobo tastes like? They’re birds, after all.
Chocobos are generally depicted as yellow-orange birds with three-toed feet, large wings, and long necks. Later games have made the yellow variety the common breed and introduced other types characterized by different colors. While the yellow Chocobo is flightless, stronger breeds can swim and fly.
A Chocobo would seem to be similar to an ostrich, only with a larger head. So far we only know of Chocobos farmed and bred in Final Fantasy VII. And then only for racing and riding. No one I know raises them for food or clothing.
What happens to rejects you breed trying to get a gold Chocobo? I don’t know, maybe they return to the wild? Maybe they eat each other? Of course, this doesn’t mean that we can’t eat them.
As medium-sized, chunky birds with an upright stance, I would assume that a Chocobo would taste like chicken. Seeing as they’re wild, they’d probably stay relatively lean.
Like most birds, their meat would have relatively little fat content compared to other. And the meat itself would be slightly tough, due to the fiber. There would be so many ways to cook a Chocobo, such as grilled, fried, roasted, boiled, baked, etc. But from a culinary perspective, there seems to be one thing in the way.
Chocobos have an infamous pungent odor often commented on by NPCs—
This would make it extremely hard to stomach. Well, unless cooking the Chocobo would somehow make the aroma more pleasure to the scent. Either way:
Final Fantasy XII makes mention that feeding them Gysahl Greens helps get rid of their musk.
We could use “greens” to garnish the Chocobo meal, while at the same time feeding the greens to the Chocobo itself to fatten it.
Greens are the Chocobos’ typical food and come in many varieties, Gysahl Greens being the most common, and sometimes being available as an item to call them on the world map.
And while Chocobos come in different colors:
Common variations include the Black Chocobo, Red Chocobo, Blue Chocobo, and the Chocobo breed universally regarded as the strongest, the gold chocobo.
I don’t think this refers to their specific flavor.
Of course, their big heads in proportion to their bodies make them seem kind of humans. So maybe don’t eat them? I wouldn’t want to eat them if it weren’t necessary…