December 17, 2013

The Camel Burger: Humps or no Humps?

Anyone up for camel meat?  You bored from chicken or beef?

I am sure Burger lovers who are always searching for the "perfect burger" would include this burger in their endeavour!

The Arabic restaurant Local House in UAE slid this camel patty into the hollow pocket of a khameer, traditional, pita-shaped leavened bread studded with sesame seeds, as a response for local demand for camel meat.

Sharing this picture from a friend who tried the " Camel Burger" in Dubai, UAE....
hmm anyone tried it? What do you think about the taste?

Courtesy of Hussein Dajani, Dubai

Perhaps people are bored from the normal beef or chicken meat! Or maybe they are somehow environmental conscious and want to reduce their beef consumption. ( Cows are on of the major causes of gas pollution)

But many people actually seek camel milk for its nutritious content.

Camel meat is superior to other kinds of meat. The camel is distinguished from other animals by the fact that the percentage of its intramuscular fat declines as the animal gets older. This quality, only found in camels, makes their meat less fatty, so its consumption is healthy and recommended for weight loss.
Thus consuming camel meat reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis due to lower cholesterol percentage.
High in protein but with less than half the fat of beef, camel meat is often held up as a healthy alternative.

Aside from the the high chemical composition of protein contains the three main electrolytes needed by the body which are potassium, sodium and calcium. It also has minerals like zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, copper; and vitamins B1, B2, B6, C and Vitamin E.

However, still hardly anyone eats it!  Globally, it accounts for 0.13 per cent - barely one thousandth - of the meat eaten every year.
That's because camel meat costs more than the other contemporary meats. Also, camel meat taste is not the same as other meats.

Moreover, its production is still not widespread and can not be found frozen or in supermarkets. This is related to production reason. As more data on ageing, tendering as well preserving (shelf life) of camel meat should be researched.

I have personally tried a camel product which is chocolate bars made from camel milk.  (Did you know that camel milk is good for lactose intolerants?)

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation says that the potential value of a commercial camel milk industry could be $10bn.

Two Camels roaming around in Riyadh ( najd) End of the world touristic site ( Loulwa K.)

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