For other uses, see Tripe (disambiguation).
Tripe in an Italian market

Tripe is a type of edible lining from the stomachs of various farm animals. Most tripe is from cattle.[1][2][3]

Types of tripes

Beef tripe

Beef tripe is usually made from the muscle wall (the interior mucosal lining is removed) of only the first three chambers of a cow's stomach: the rumen (blanket/flat/smooth tripe), the reticulum (honeycomb and pocket tripe), and the omasum (book/bible/leaf tripe). Abomasum (reed) tripe is seen much less frequently, owing to its glandular tissue content.

Rumen tripe
Rumen beef tripe, stomach chamber 1. Blanket or flat tripe.
Reticulum beef tripe
Reticulum beef tripe, stomach chamber 2. Honeycomb tripe.
Omasum beef tripe
Omasum beef tripe, stomach chamber 3. Book tripe.
Abomasum beef tripe
Abomasum beef tripe, stomach chamber 4. Reed tripe.

Other animals

Though tripe tends to refer to the cow (beef) stomach cooked as food, a similar meal item may also be produced from any animal with a stomach. In some cases, other names have been applied to the 'tripe' of other animals. For example, tripe from pigs may be referred to as paunch. Hog (pig) stomach is also eaten under the term, hog maw.

Washed tripe

Washed tripe is more typically known as dressed tripe. To dress the tripe, the stomachs are cleaned and the fat trimmed off.[4] It is then boiled and bleached, giving it the white color more commonly associated with tripe as seen on market stalls and in butchers shops. The task of dressing the tripe is usually carried out by a professional tripe dresser.

Dressed tripe was a popular nutritious and cheap dish for the British working classes from Victorian times until the latter half of the 20th century.[5][6][7] While still popular in many parts of the world today, the number of tripe eaters, and consequently the number of tripe dressers, in the UK has rapidly declined. Tripe has come to be regarded as a pet food, as the increased affluence of postwar Britain has reduced the appeal of this once staple food.

It remains a popular dish in many parts of continental Europe such as France and Italy. In France, a very popular dish, sold in most supermarkets, is tripes à la mode de Caen.

Dishes prepared with tripe

Trippa alla Romana
Trippa alla livornese
Steamed tripe prepared as dim sum
Gulai babat, tripe prepared in a type of curry
tripe, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 355 kJ (85 kcal)
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Dietary fibre 0 g
3.69 g
Saturated 1.291 g
Monounsaturated 1.533 g
Polyunsaturated .180 g
12.07 g
Vitamin A equiv.

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Thiamine (B1)

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Riboflavin (B2)

.064 mg

Niacin (B3)

0.881 mg

Pantothenic acid (B5)

0.1 mg

Vitamin B6

.014 mg

Folate (B9)

5 μg

Vitamin B12

1.39 μg

Vitamin C

0 mg

Vitamin D

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Vitamin E

.09 mg

Vitamin K

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13 mg


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64 mg


67 mg


97 mg


1.42 mg

Other constituents
Water 84.16 g
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Tripe is eaten in many parts of the world. Tripe soup is made in many varieties in the Eastern European cuisine. Tripe dishes include:

In Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries, the close cognate tripas tends to denote small intestines rather than stomach lining. Dishes of this sort include:

Another type of food made from the small intestines are chitterlings (chitlins).


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  9. Tripes in Nigerian tomato sauce
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