Odd Things Americans Don’t Quite Understand About Canada

Odd Things Americans Don’t Quite Understand About Canada

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Beef, chicken, and pork are the most common meat options in an American supermarket. Of course, there are variations on these meats, but this is the general selection you’ll find in a US market. However, in Canada, the meat section of the market has a lot more variety. Don’t be surprised if you find a camel, horse, venison, and ostrich in most Canadian supermarkets. Canadian chefs are known for their daring use of nontraditional meats in their dishes. Some chefs have even mentioned using kangaroo meat in their dishes! ​

Though exotic meat consumption is not well tracked, it appears to be increasing, and some industry insiders and observers believe it will continue as foodie culture grows. According to Euromonitor International, consumption of less traditional meats such as horse, venison, camel, rabbit, and game increased by 10.6 percent per year in Canada between 2010 and 2015. Horse, quail, kangaroo, and other meats have been experimented with by Canadian chefs. Customers at Toronto restaurant The Beast, for example, can choose from a list of animals, such as water buffalo or elk, and the restaurant will prepare a six-course tasting menu using the entire animal.

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Author: Hailey Warren