Believe it or not, people eat dirt and they say it is pretty good. They do eat a special type of dirt from Georgia commonly called, White Dirt. There are other names for this “edible” dirt such as white clay, kaolin, porcelain clay, chalk or aluminum silicate hydroxide.
When people that know of white dirt think of white dirt, they mostly refer to the state of Georgia. White dirt (kaolin) is also mined in Brazil, Bulgaria, France, United Kingdom, Iran, Germany, India, Australia, Korea, the People’s Republic of China, the Czech Republic, and the United States.
Some people claim that white dirt can be used is to soothe an upset stomach, and many claim it actually works. Kaolin is also used in some toothpastes and also in anti-diarrhea medicines such as Kaopectate along with medicines such as Rolaids, Di-gel, Mylanta, and Maalox. Kaolin is also used in ceramics, coated paper, as a food additive, in toothpaste, as a light diffusing material in white incandescent light bulbs, and in cosmetics. Yummy.
Regardless of the many different uses for kaolin (white dirt), it sells like crazy from many shops in the State of Georgia. One place sells a case of 48 little white bags of white dirt for 55 bucks while another sells 2 pounds of white dirt for about 10 bucks.
By now you are probably asking how it tastes. After all, it is used in light bulbs and ceramics. According to this site which offers white dirt for sale, “The dirt-eating tradition appears to have been handed down from generation to generation and several years ago it was not uncommon to see women gathered together sharing a pan of dirt.” So it must be good, right? Well the site also claims that white dirt tastes like “the fresh way that the ground smells when it’s real dry and a little sprinkle of rain falls”. I am not sure if that description of the flavor really made me want to drive to Georgia to pick up some white dirt as quick as possible, but how else would you explain the taste of dirt.
I plan on placing an order for this white dirt that I have read quite a bit about lately and posting up some more information, maybe including some white dirt recipes, or make my own version of Kaopectate (The anti-diarrhea medicine). With white dirt it seems like if you can get your hands on some the possibilities are endless and may be an odd and funny addition to a part.
Bored? Check out this video showing the white dirt.