If you want to eat red meat for your protein requirement, ostrich meat is your healthy choice. Ostrich meat is a red meat that is nearly identical to beef in appearance, texture and taste but without the unhealthy qualities associated with beef.
Ostrich meat is already a popular menu item at upscale restaurant worldwide; it will soon be “the premier red meat of the next century.”
Ostrich meat is offered in a variety of cuts including tenderloin filets, steaks and ground. Ostrich meat can be prepared and enjoyed as you would in any of your favorite recipes calling for ground beef, pork, chicken or turkey.
Health Benefits of Ostrich Meat:
- Ostrich has less than half the fat of chicken and two-thirds less fat than beef and pork.
- Ostrich has less cholesterol than beef, chicken, pork, or lamb.
- Ostrich has fewer calories than beef, chicken, pork, turkey or lamb.
- Ostrich has more iron than beef, chicken, pork, turkey or lamb. Its greater iron content is seen in the deeper red color of ostrich meat.
- Ostrich meat is naturally rich in protein and contains no marbled fat.
- Ostrich meat does not attract harmful bacteria like E-coli or salmonella because of ostrich’s ideal pH balance.
Nutrient Content of Ostrich Meat : per 100 grams
- Protein: 26.9
- Fat: 3.0 gm.
- Calories: 142
- Iron: 3.2mg.
- Cholesterol: 81 mg.
How to Cook Ostrich Meat:
- Since ostrich meat has lower fat content, it cooks faster than other meat products.
- Cooking ostrich to well done is not recommended because overcooking the meat will dry it out and reduce its tenderness. Cook it medium or medium-rare to allow the full flavor of the meat to come out.
- Ostrich meat can also be eaten raw as carpaccio.
- Frozen meat should be thaw under refrigeration to ensure top quality when cooked.
Ostrich Egg Facts:
- An ostrich egg is the smallest when we go by the ratio of the weight of egg to the weight of the bird.
- In good conditions, an ostrich female can remain productive for 25-35 years.
- Average incubation or hatching period of ostrich eggs is of 35-45 days.
- On an average, the weight of an ostrich egg is close to 3.1 lbs (1.4 kilograms).
- The color of the ostrich eggs range from a pearl white to cream color.
- Ostrich eggs are approximately 6-7 inches in length and 15-18 inches around.
- If you are looking for nutrition facts for an ostrich egg, you will be surprised to know that it can provide a whopping 2,000 calories.
- Another ostrich egg fact is that the contents of the ostrich eggs in dry form contain 47% of proteins and 44.3% of fats.
- The ostrich eggs also contains calcium, phosphorus and vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin E, riboflavin and thiamin.
- Trace elements such as magnesium, manganese, selenium, zinc copper and iron are found to be present in ostrich egg.
“This post was originally published on January 15, 2012 @ 04:24”