And yes I do agree , it is not religiously , morally, and ethically, acceptable to actually "eat humans".
But as a food scientist, we needed to learn about the taste of "humans" in our studies. So, the question was " What does Human Flesh taste like?" .
The answere was not by making us taste the flesh in class, but rather by reading few research papers from Food Science Scholars . And how did these scholars describ human flesh taste??
Well , definitely they didn't conduct sensory tests on human samples.
What they did was interviewing some tribes ( who are cannibals of course, or whose ancestors were) and asking them about their gustatory experience when they eat it. Maybe it wont be a precise description ,even biased, but that's what's sensory is all about ; a personal experience that differs between one person and another according to his/ her own taste buds, memories, and personalities.
One interesting paper reviewed this topic was done by Gary Allen ( Culinary Institute of America) titled as:
"What is the Flavor of Human Flesh? It was Presented at the Symposium Cultural and Historical Aspects of Foods . Oregon State university, year 1999.
Here is a script of some parts of the paper: ( if your interested you can read the remainder here )
" Anthropologist Jeremy MacClancy described the taste of human flesh -- based not upon his own experience, mind you, but upon the testimony of some of the natives of the New Hebrides islands of the South Pacific:
|"From all accounts, human meat is very sweet, in Vanuatu, they say that the flesh of a black man is sweet, whereas the flesh of a white man is really quite salty and stringy, they say it's not so nice."|
Derek, a member of the Dani tribe in Irian Jaya reminisced about the taste of human flesh in an article in the Baltimore Morning Sun, in May 1992:
|"Deliciouiversity, Corvallis, OR.|
.Old ones are tough. Young men and women taste better. And babies taste like fish. The flesh is very soft.["3]< "