We all know vegetarians and fruitarians. But have you ever met a kangatarian? If not, your chances are now bigger, as kangatarianism is getting popular outside the country of its origin – Australia.
Kangatarianism is a philosophy of eating in which followers do not eat any meat except for the meat of... a kangaroo. Why this particular type? The reasons are many. Kangaroo meat is high in protein and, at the same time, low in fat. Its enthusiasts argue that it is the most ecological meat product, and they appreciate its strong, distinct flavor.
Although kangaroo meat was a daily food of the indigenous people of Australia, it wasn't legalized for human consumption until 1980 in the south of the country and 1993 on the rest of the continent. Nowadays, kangaroo meat is sold in the majority of supermarkets and exported to over 50 countries.
If nutritional advantages of eating kangaroos do not appeal to you, maybe the wide range of available products can do the trick. Australian shops offer kangaroo filets, steaks, minced meat and kanga banga – a special type of sausage. Chefs suggest marinating the meat in a fruit mixture to make it more tender (mango and papaya additionally enrich its flavor) and serving it with red wine. If you happen to be in Australia, you may ask for kangaroo dishes in local restaurants. Some of them offer kangaroo meat in red wine sauce with garlic and chives, kangaroo lasagna with cheese, kangaroo stroganoff, curry or even burgers served on lettuce. A kangaroo steak sandwich is a very popular choice among kangatarians. If you are not a restaurant-goer, you may try to prepare these meals at home. It is not easy to find an Australian cookbook, but the Internet is full of recipes for dishes which are worth tasting. Even if you don’t become a full-time kangatarian, you can always impress your friends by randomly throwing in, “Oh, I had kangaroo for breakfast.”According to food specialists, kangaroo meat is suitable for all people, including children. In the case of young eaters, however, it is advisable to make sure it is cooked or fried thoroughly. Kangatarians also emphasize the meat's low content of fat which makes it perfect for people who want to stay slim. Moreover, it contains many B vitamins which make us happy and improve our mood.
To sum up, although kangaroo meat will probably never appear on the menu of animal rights activists, we cannot ignore the fact that eating it is a way to experience the real taste of Australia. Try and decide for yourself – maybe you will join kangatarians?