In parts of Africa, porcupines are eaten as a form of bush meat.
I got this from a comment in the BBC news website 😀
Porcupines are the most delicious and tender of all game animals. Do not skin it as the skin is the tastiest part (1-2″ thick) and is 60% of the whole animal (rather like crackling).
Pluck out (carefully) all the large quills
Either drop into or pour over boiling water
Scrape the remaining quills (feathers) off
(The outside skin will resemble a suckling pig and the feet will closely resemble a human hand… take no notice)
Remove the feet/entrails/head
Remove the scent glands at the rear carefully (very important!)
Stuff the inside with stuffing and rice and dried fruit mix
Leave in fridge overnight
Grease the outside of the skin
Bake in the oven until golden brown and cooked
Save one of the hands in a jar for your guests when they query what type of animal they are eating and watch the reaction!
Derek Coggon, Entebbe, Uganda