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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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tortoise the common name for terrestrial species of reptiles in the order Chelonia; but see also turtle, since the usage of the names tends to overlap.

Tortoises are eaten less than turtles are, but are nonetheless consumed locally, and on a small scale, in many parts of the world.
So far as preparation and cookery are concerned, tortoises are much the same as turtles.