Have you ever wondered why the ostrich keeps hiding its head in the sand? It is simply to verify that its eggs are still there and to remove any rodents from the nest that warm themselves in the heat of its eggs!
The ostrich, the biggest bird in the world, can
measure up to 2.6 metres and weigh up to 150 kilos. Each egg weighs
up to 1.4 kilos, (the equivalent of 24 hen's eggs) and would need
to be cooked for 1½ hours if you wished it hard boiled!
The main species imported to North America are the Red Neck from East Africa and the Blue Neck from South Africa. Ostrich meat began to be sold commercially in Quebec towards the end of the 1990’s.
The ostrich deserves a closer look. Its flesh is lean, tender and surprisingly red in colour. The texture is very fine and it tastes a little like beef. It is a healthy choice because it is rich in protein and has less fat and cholesterol than other red meats.
Since the ostrich does not have flesh on its breast, 90% of the meat comes from the thighs. It is not marbled because it is so lean. It cooks faster than other red meats because of its lower fat content.