Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Kangaroo Meat

We recently received a package in the mail from my sister who was traveling in Australia. My sister and her family are missionaries in Papua New Guinea and when they need specialized medical treatment etc. they head on over to Australia.

Inside the package were some little trinkets for the kids, plus some exotic eating! A package of "Bush Jerky" - kangaroo.

My sister said you see dead kangaroos on roadsides just like we'd see dead deer on our roadsides. Thankfully this wasn't a roadside kangaroo steak - that might be a bit harder to digest.

The kids and I were excited to try the "Bush Jerky". Kids first reaction was "MMMmm"...then they asked for seconds. After awhile the boy said "It's strange - I don't really like it but I'm tempted to taste more."

I liked the jerky which I found to be similar to other "normal" meat jerkies, but it had a bit of what seemed like a fishy flavor.

Thankfully there was this little printed message on the back of the package:

"Kangaroo meat has been used in man's diet for at least the last 40,000 years. The Aborigines of Australia have included this high protein food in their diets for thousands of years. As a result of AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT INSPECTION CONTROLS, Kangaroo meat has been available for human consumption for some time. The meat contained herein is for personal use only and not for sale. It is derived from animals that received post-mortem veterinary inspection and were found to be healthy in every way..."


CanadianGrandma said...

That was comical what your son said! I'm sure the meat was very healthy to eat!

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Now that's definitely exotic!

Emily said...

Your blog's premise is SO cool. What a fun adventure.

Anonymous said...

Eating kangaroo meat is definitely different! It is worth trying!

Pat OBrien said...

Garnaut's ridiculous suggestion has greatly discredited him and all his research on Climate Change. With at least six new coal mines about to go ahead in the Galilee basin in Central Queensland, more new coal mines mooted in NSW, massive roadworks and freeway construction everywhere to accomodate even more cars, (as though anyone will be able to afford to put fuel them in 5 years time).....and Garnaut is concerned about a few cows farting........

If thats the best solution Government advisors can come up with....we are all in a lot of trouble! Unfortunately the silly idea has caught the attention of the International media, who seem to love silly stories, (and the Australian media seems to come up with a fair few) so the nonsense has had wide overseas coverage. No wonder we are seen overseas as a cruel barbaric nation.

If you eat kangaroo meat (bush meat) I hope you all have good health insurance.

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