Kangaroo: The other Red Meat
It started out as a joke. We were going to cook up some Kanga Bangas or Kangaroo burgers and feed them to my unsuspecting mother. In the end, we cooked up some kangaroo steaks and told her before she took her first bite. Ironically, we went and fed the beasts at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary the next day. Here's what happened:
Practical jokes aside, eating kangaroo in Australia is actually much better for the environment than eating beef. It requires less water and land, and less CO2 is released into the atmosphere as a result. Each year "kangaroo culls" kill off over 1 million kangaroos. The argument is that their population has exploded and they are destroying the plant life at an alarming rate. Another benefit is that kangaroo is much leaner than beef, and is in turn a healthier red meat.
Of course, the opposite point of view is that kangaroos are a national symbol in Australia and of course they are just so darn cute.
While originally the idea of eating kangaroo completely grossed me out, it wasn't that bad. It does help that my Italian chef husband seasoned and cooked it up for us, but that's beside the point. I'm always open to trying weird food in other countries. One down, many weird creepy crawlies and cute things to go.
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