What is the "gamey" taste in meat?
December 30, 2010 6:07 PM Subscribe
I don't notice anything particularly distinctive about the flavour of so-called game meats. Why do some people say they taste so different?
posted by Brentusfirmus to Food & Drink (17 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I recently had a friend's husband prepare some quail for us all for Christmas dinner. To me the quail tasted fairly indistinguishable from chicken or other poultry - only the colour and the texture of the meat were different to me. When my friend tried it, she could barely even bring herself to swallow one mouthful because it tasted too "gamey". My question is: what is this gamey taste? I don't get how we can both eat the same meal, I can't tell the difference with chicken, and she can hardly keep it down. She's normally not a picky eater either, so that's not the reason.
She had the same reaction a year before to the pheasant her husband prepared. I enjoyed it, but didn't notice anything particularly special about the taste. She tried it, but refused to eat it.
I think if I had eaten the quail blindfolded I wouldn't have even known it wasn't chicken. And I've never really noticed any difference when eating other game meats either, like venison or rabbit. To me they just taste like meat. I've since asked a few people, and another friend of mine responded the same way I did, saying "isn't quail just like chicken, only smaller?"
Can someone help explain to me what's going on here? Why don't I taste this "gamey" taste?