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unusual find at the farmers' market

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Our associate food editor, Samantha Seneviratne, stumbled upon a special selection of wares at the farmers' market last week: ostrich meat. These free-range birds are raised on a farm in New Jersey, and both their eggs and meat were available for sale. As intrigued as we are, it will probably be a while before you see any ostrich recipes in the magazine! What's the weirdest thing for sale at your local market?

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The full selection.

2 The full selection.

There's something sinister about those black eggs.

3 There's something sinister about those black eggs.

Ostrich meat is naturally low in fat and similar to lean beef, making it a good choice for making jerky.

4 Ostrich meat is naturally low in fat and similar to lean beef, making it a good choice for making jerky.

Ostrich bones apparently make great dog treats. Who knew??

5 Ostrich bones apparently make great dog treats. Who knew??

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    I buy ostrich burgers from Roamin' Acres whenever possible -- they are so delicious! Everyone I've ever served them to has been instantly converted.

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    Actually in my neck of the woods, Imperia, Italy, we have been enjoying ostrich meat for the last 10 years. It has less cholesterol than beef and is actually delicious. Have eaten it grilled and stewed. It is tender and sweet. Of course, the color tends to extremely dark and some people don't like it for that reason. I'm actually looking forward to reading a recipe or two from M.Stewart. Experiment folks! P

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    I've never seen ostrich at any of my local markets, but entrails are quite common here in south Florida.

    Anyways, I found your blog today when I was reaching out to meat lovers because my company, Saveology, is doing a pretty awesome deal today on steaks and thought you and your readers might have some interest.

    Check out the deal at our site: http://bit.ly/pFvpjw

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    My husband grilled some ostrich steaks and we couldn't tell the difference between the sirloins and the ostrich, to look at them. But we liked the taste of the ostrich better!

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    I regularly used ostrich meat in place of beef in my recipes whilst living in South Africa. You can find it in the grocery stores alongside beef, pork, poultry, water buffalo, etc! It was usually much cheaper and as another commenter said, healthier. When in Rome. . .

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