During a recent vacation, my spouse and I came across this display in a supermarket in upstate New York.
In the United States, these are still considered exotic meats, but it would seem that in Australia, kangaroo meat is gaining in popularity. In fact, I was able to find an online kangaroo cookbook on an Australian website.
As for camel, that was a bit harder but I found some recipes online.
After some thought (and checking with Facebook friends), we decided not to buy these items. But we did purchase some chicken sausage in the same store.
I thought back to my college days, when I was a cultural anthropology major, and remembered just how culturally influenced our eating habits are.
While we in the United States may reject camel and kangaroo, many of us love fried fish. The small village where we were vacationing has a very popular fried fish restaurant, in fact. And it sells other items, such as lobster rolls.
Yet, there are cultures who will not eat fish, and cultures who will not eat lobster. I have friends who follow a vegan lifestyle for various reasons. And, there are groups of people who follow extensive rules, religious or otherwise, concerning which foods can be eaten, and which can not be.
Why do we eat certain foods and not others? And, why have certain customs grown up around certain foods?
Would you have bought the camel or kangaroo meat? Would you have accepted that challenge?
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