Good Food Blog
Roo on the menuPosted at 10:01AM, 13 August 2008 by Andrea McGinniss - Editor, bbcgoodfood.com
Wasn't Skippy cute? How would you feel about seeing him, or one of his family, on your dinner plate?
Australian scientist, George Wilson is causing ripples around the globe with his plea. He wants us to switch from eating beef to kangaroo in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Apparently cute kangas are perfect food fodder: they aren't farmed, they only reproduce when there's the resources to cope with it, and they are brilliant at conserving energy and water.
They also (try putting this politely) poo in a more environmentally friendly way too. No sloppy dung for flies to breed in from these marvellous marsupials, instead it's neat dry pellets all the way. And they produce virtually no methane. It all adds up to less pressure on our shaky ecosystem.
It's free-range, lean and organic and is proven to lower cholesterol levels. But does it taste any good?
Kangaroo meat is also very lean, containing less than two per cent fat. It's free-range and organic and is proven to lower cholesterol levels. But does it taste any good? Well, yes actually.
I have eaten my fair share of tender, juicy roo over the years, in burgers, in a stew and barbecued too. In Australia it's not yet an everyday ingredient but you don't stop in shock if you see it on the menu. It's just a matter of getting used to it.
Sure they may be cute, but in Australia they're more pest than pet. In 2006 there were an estimated 57 million(that's three for every human) and a constant call to cull them, or even give them contraceptive pills. Call me coldhearted, but losing a few to feed us sustainably is hardly heartbreaking.
Of course there's the air miles to take into consideration should the concept of eating roo take off outside their homeland. Farming them should solve that. And I've been asked how I could possibly eat our national symbol. My answer? Easily. Cute little koalas though, that's another story...
Would you eat kangaroo? Are there any other animals you could never eat or think we should eat more of?