Kangaroo is 'not unlike venison'. Sort of

I came across a puzzling quote in a BBC News story about how switching from beef to kangaroo meat could help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In the story, Australian scientist Dr George Wilson says of kangaroo meat:

It tastes excellent, not unlike venison - only a different flavour.


If kangaroo meat has "a different flavour" to venison, how is it "not unlike" venison? Are we talking about texture here? Colour? Juiciness? Or is the similarity simply that Dr Wilson thinks they are both "excellent"? I demand to know!



On a similar note, perhaps Australian scientists could genetically cross a kangaroo with a cow to create a low-methane bovine. Of course, it would then be a kangamoo...


BBC News: Eat kangaroo to 'save the planet'

8 comments:

Neil said...

Painful last gag!

Anyone know where I can buy kangaroo meat/burgers? Wouldn't mind giving it a go

TootsNYC said...

At least it doesn't taste like chicken!

Maybe it tastes more like venison than it does like chicken? More similar to venison than to beef?

Probably it has a certain "gaminess" or "wildness" to its flavor that is common in venison, pheasant, buffalo, etc.

kangaroo : beef :: venison : beef :: pheasant : chicken ??

TootsNYC said...

Oh, and I found this, for U.S.A. folks

http://exoticmeats.com/

as of today, kangaroo loin steaks were on the front page

Jonathan Shaw said...

I don't know that it helps, but I had venison for the first time last week, and commented that it tasted a bit like kangaroo, only much heavier.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I couldn't imagine eating a kangaroo. They're so damn *cute*. I'm OK with eating meat from chickens, cows, and pigs, but show me anything cute, fuzzy, with a kind of smiley-looking muzzle, and that carries its little baby in its furry pouch, and I turn into a big ol' softie. God, I'm such a *girl* sometimes.

JD said...

Neil, I think that Walkabout bars have kangaroo on their menu. Kangaroo burgers, probably.

Personally, I think kangaroos look vicious – and certainly not as cute as a little piggy.

Neil said...

I'm not sure I'd class anything that comes from The Walkabout bar kitchen as "food"!!

Maybe somewhere like Borough Market might have some.....

Sarah said...

Found this post on the Good Food blog
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/blog/160-kangaroo/