Studies have shown that consuming camel meat has a lot of benefits. While some studies show that red meat causes high cholesterol and cancer, we find a healthier alternative in camel meat.
It is considered a more slimming food since it contains lesser fat content. This also means that it is less likely to damage your heart.
Basic Camel Meat Nutritional Facts
In a 100-gram slab of camel meat, there is said to be 22 grams of protein and 293mg of potassium. This means that eating 100-grams of camel meat can give our body everything it needs in terms of the optimal amount of protein in a day.
Camel meat is thought to be a great source of protein and is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A and B, iron, amino acids as well as zinc. These minerals are thought to be essential when it comes to maintaining, building and repairing tissues in our body.
At Exotic Meats USA, we sell a one-pound packet of ground camel meat for $12/75 and camel patties for $13.20.
About the Animal
When we think of camels we usually think of the middle east and Africa and that is why most people think they originated from these areas. You would be surprised to find that camels originate from North America approximately 45 million years ago. It was only 5 million years ago that they crossed the Bering land bridge into Eurasia and then the south.
There are essentially two kinds of camels: dromedary camels which have one hump and Bactrian camels which have 2 humps. These humps are stores of fat which the animal can metabolize when food and water are scarce. A dromedary camel can be as tall as 6.5 feet and weigh about 880–1,325 pounds. Most Bactrian camels grow to be 6 feet tall and weigh about 1,320–2,200 pounds.
By now you must be wondering “what does camel meat taste like?”
Well, most people believe that it is something of a cross between lamb and beef. It’s delicious. Many people agree that the meat is more tender when it comes from a younger camel and is thought to be drier when it comes from an older camel.
Meat is not the only thing that is consumed—camel milk is known to have a creamy-sweet texture and is thought to be more beneficial than ordinary milk.
What Parts Can You Eat?
The flavor also depends on what part of the animal you are consuming—its fatty hump or other parts. The most popular cuts of camel are its neck, shoulder, ribs, loins flank and brisket. The ribs and brisket are thought to be the most flavored parts of the animal while the hump is considered a delicacy.
How to Cook Camel Meat?
Since camel meat typically cooks at a slow rate, you must make sure to cook it beforehand. Make sure that the meat is already cooked before you start preparing for the meal.
Below are some famous camel meat recipes:
- Camel burgers
- Camel meat stew
Who still Eats and Where To Buy Camel Meat?
Even though camels originated from northern America, they have become a preference for people living in the Middle East and Africa. Camels are the national food of Saudi Arabia.
However, the meat has been growing in popularity in Australia as well as the US in recent years.