The Bahamian market is used to the rich flavour of New Zealand lamb. However, today’s market includes lamb meat from New Zealand, Australia and the USA. What is the difference between these products, and which one is right for you?
- SIZE: American lambs are bigger in size. In addition to coming from a larger animal, the US animal is due to being partially grain fed before slaughter and also New Zealand lambs are slaughtered earlier. NZ law requires slaughter by age 1 year to be labelled “lamb”, while US has no related law.
- FEED: NZ lambs usually live outdoors and eat natural grass. American lambs start off grass-fed but are put on grain to increase fat marbling and size before slaughter.
- TASTE: NZ lamb has the distinctive “lamb” flavour described as more “gamey” than the more delicately flavoured US lamb.
- COLOUR: American lamb is darker in colour and has more fat marbling than NZ lamb.
- LEANNESS: NZ lamb usually has less fat than American lamb.
The international market also sells Australian lamb which is very similar to New Zealand lamb. Other markets sell locally produced lamb, and Ireland, France and Iceland are known for producing very tender, tasty lamb.
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NUTRITIONAL FACTS: A 3 oz serving of lamb has only 175 calories and is high in protein, vitamin B12, niacin, zinc and selenium and a good source of iron and riboflavin.
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