This season we have been working with our partners in Australia to find out more about one of the healthiest meats available today, Kangaroo Meat.

Kangaroo Meat - History

Kangaroo meat has long been important to the survival of Australia’s Indigenous people who have hunted Kangaroos for tens of thousands of years. When Europeans arrived in Australia in the late eighteenth century they too ate Kangaroo meat for survival. Today Kangaroo meat is served in some of the best restaurants around the world.

Kangaroo Meat - Delicious and Easy to Cook

Kangaroo fillet - At home we very often cook this delicious meat in a very simple marinade; in a dish combine olive oil, chopped garlic, fresh rosemary and cracked black pepper, add the kangaroo fillets and marinade for at least one hour (longer if you have the time). Then simply pan fry the fillets for approximately 3 minutes each side before serving. Best served rare to medium as kangaroo meat is very low in fat.

Kangaroo mince – My family love kangaroo mince, we use it in any mince recipe, its rich and creamy and great value for money at only £2.50 for a 250g pack.

Kangaroo Burgers and Sausages – We make our kangaroo burgers and sausages fresh every week in our on farm butchery from prime Kangaroo steak meat (no pork added). Our exemplary standards of service and knowledge, combined with our passion for great tasting food, these burgers and bangers are a low fat alternative not to be missed.

Kangaroo Meat – Amazing Nutritional Facts

Kangaroo meats gets the thumbs up on a wide variety of nutritional fronts as part of a balanced diet:

  • It is a terrific source of high-quality protein
  • It is low in fat, with less than 2% fat
  • It contains low levels of ‘undesirable’ saturated fats
  • It is a source of heart-friendly omega-3’s
  • It contains CLA, which has antioxidant properties and may help reduce body fat in humans
  • It is a particularly rich source of the minerals iron and zinc
  • It has an energy (kilojoule) content that stacks up well against other lean red meats.
  • It has the Australian Heart Foundation Tick of Approval
  Kangaroo Fillet Lean Beef Fillet Lean Beef rump Trim Lamb Steak Lean Chicken Breast
Total fat (g) 1.3 6.3 4.6 5.8 1.6
Saturated fat (g) 0.3 2.4 1.7 2.0 0.5
Trans fats (g) 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.3 n/a
Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0.4 0.6 0.4 0.6 0.3
Monounsaturated fat (g) 0.5 2.5 1.9 2.3 0.7

Kangaroo Meat – Harvesting and the Environment

The Kangaroo population in Australia has increased dramatically since European settlements. For this reason carefully controlled harvesting of very large populations is required to protect the fragile Australian rangeland. Harvesting is managed in an ecologically sustainable way, reviewed annually and independent of market demand.

Kangaroos produce far less of the greenhouse gas methane than lamb or beef. (Reports estimate that livestock accounts for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions significantly more than transportation.) Therefore, taking all things into account, Kangaroo meat makes a healthy sustainable alternative.

Next Month – Spring into Summer

Next month we feature work on our own farm, our best BBQ selection packs and our Spring and Summer Food Fair events.

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