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Monday, 27 July 2015

Horse Meat

Boniface, the Archbishop of Mainz, lobbied Pope Gregory III for several years to place horseflesh into the forbidden category as many northern European pagans ate it as a religious ritual. His campaign was successful and in 732 the pope banned horseflesh from Christian dining tables, the only food the church has ever outlawed.

In Paris horse meat was all the rage in mid 1870s. Apparently, the Parisians were forced to eat it during the Franco-Prussian war when beef was unavailable, and discovered they liked it.

Horse meat consumption worldwide reached a peak of 628,300 tons in 1979.

It is today a major meat in only a few countries, notably in Tonga and Central Asia.

Kazakh athletes petitioned the IOC to be allowed to bring horse meat to the London Olympics in 2012.

Horse meat is slightly sweet, tender and low in fat.

The practice of eating horseflesh is called hippophagy.

Source Food for Thought by Ed Pearce

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