Alligator meat is one of those kinds of meats that is not readily available in just any grocery store you walk into; it is as rare as the ostrich and deer meats. Commercial alligators’ farms on the United States’ south coast and in countries like Australia that have large numbers of alligators in their territories are responsible for the production of a large percentage of all alligator meat sold in the market. These farms sell frozen alligator meat, in big freezer bags, to some grocery stores and butcher shops to make sure that it remains fresh till it gets to the final consumers.
Just like veal in texture, alligator tail meat has been said to have similar taste as that of fish, pork, chicken and rabbit. The tail of alligator is the alligator meat product that is very easy to get in the market. The alligator meat also has a tenderloin part found in the tail region of the alligator.
Apart from most consumers’ love for the tail section, some others also like to buy the somewhat tough and dark midsection meat which is sometimes compared with the shoulder pork. The midsection alligator meat’s flavor is said to be more natural that that of the tail.
Furthermore, there are those who prefer that part of the alligator that is sometimes called the alligator’s wing, situated in the feet of the alligator. The taste of this part along with its texture is said to be comparable to a frog’s leg.
When it comes to the health benefits of alligator meat, it is the better choice in comparison to pork containing lots of fat and marbled steaks. By estimation based on about 114 grams of raw alligator meat, it contains about 100 calories, 2g total fat, 24g protein, 55mg sodium, 20 calories from fat, 0 carbohydrates, 55mg cholesterol and 0.5g saturated fat. The health benefits of alligator meat is clearly portrayed by the low carbohydrate, high protein, low saturated fat and the low calories from fat which it contains. In terms of cholesterol and fat which they contain, the health benefits of alligator meat exceed that of home-bred chickens.
The majority of alligator meat products sold in the market were raised under hygienic condition and properly taken care of on farms. Wild alligators whose meats are sometimes sold in the market fed on shellfish and other sea foods available to it. So, to an acceptable degree, the health benefits of alligator meat are still maintained.
Marinating has been suggested by culinary experts as being the best way of eating alligator meat. Alligator meat can also be served in other forms like as sausages, hamburger patties, steaks and stewing cubes.