Game Meat - Gourmet Guide

June 12, 2019 | By Dave Mattingly

Game Meat fans should check out our selection of big exotic game like ostrich, wild boar, venison, rabbit and more. Game Meat is meat from undomesticated animals or birds. Game has been hunted for thousands of years. The type of Game Meat popular in a region has traditionally depended upon the animals native to the area, climate, local tastes and other regional indications. Today, much of the food sold as Game Meat is actually taken from farmed animals, and thus is more properly termed Exotic Meat, since technically it is not Game Meat as it was not hunted in the wild.

Types of Game Meat

Ostrich
Ostrich is a red Game Meat similar in texture and flavor to beef. Ostrich is a healthy red meat, high in protein and iron, but lower in fat, cholesterol and calories than chicken or turkey.

Wild Boar
Wild Boar, also known as Wild Pig, has a bold flavor that is slightly sweet and nutty. This Game Meat is leaner and tangier than other red meats.

Venison
Venison is another healthy red Game Meat. It has a full and rich deep flavor that is finer in texture than beef. Venison is high in protein and iron yet low in saturated fat and calories.

Lamb and Mutton
Lamb is Game Meat from sheep that are less than one year old whereas Mutton comes a more mature animal. Lamb is known for its smooth, buttery yet slightly gamey flavor. The common cuts of lamb are shoulder, leg, rack, breast and loin. The nutritional benefits of lamb are many, as lamb is a good source of omega-3 fats, vitamin b-12 and other antioxidants. Mutton is tougher than lamb and is therefore much less popular.

Rabbit
Rabbit meat is sweet and lean, and one of the healthiest Game Meats, as it has the lowest amount of calories of all meats. Rabbit is low in cholesterol, and high in protein and iron. Rabbit meat is tender and mild in flavor, similar to chicken.

Elk
Elk meat has a heartier richer flavor than beef, and is lower in fat and cholesterol than many other Game Meats. Elk is a tender and lean meat, rich in minerals, particularly iron, which gives it a deep red color.

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