A favourite for many of us thanks to its high protein content and lower saturated fat levels, the humble chicken is said to overtake pork as the world’s most consumed meat by 2023 – and it’s easy to see why, especially when you read about restaurants like Cocotte in Sea Point who specialise in French-inspired rotisserie chicken or Roast & Co who pioneered the mono menu movement and provide a wholesome chicken dining experience. So, in honour of this delicious and much loved white meat, here are 5 fun facts about our favourite poultry.
- There are hundreds of different breeds of chicken throughout the world – but one specific to South Africa is the Potchefstroom Koekoek, it was developed in the 1960s at the Potchefstroom Agricultural College by crossbreeding a number of other foreign breeds to obtain specific characteristics that made it more suitable to the Southern African conditions.
- As we know, chicken eggs can be white or brown – their colour is the result of pigments deposited during egg formation and is governed by the breed of chicken. But did you know they say you can roughly tell the colour of the egg by looking at the chicken’s ear lobes – in most cases those with white lobes lay white eggs while those with red lobes lay brown eggs.
- The use of the word ‘chicken’ has taken on different connotations through the centuries. On the one hand it is used to denote being a good mother, if you’re referred to as a ‘mother hen’ it’s generally a compliment; but on the other hand, it’s used to indicate cowardice – the first record of this showed up as early as 1600 in a piece by William Kemp, one of the original players in early dramas by William Shakespeare.
- There are said to be more than 19 billion chickens on the planet – that’s nearly three times the number of people living on Earth. In 2013 the global consumption of poultry was around 13.2kg per person, and that is forecasted to increase to 14.9kg per person by 2023 – in South Africa in 2014 the poultry consumption rate was at 38.5 kg per person.
- We’ve been eating chicken for centuries, but Buffalo wings for only 54 years – invented in 1964 they were first served in a family-owned restaurant in Buffalo called the Anchor Bar. The story goes that the family were delivered a shipment of wings by mistake and not knowing what to do with them, the matriarch of the family, Teressa Bellissimo, slathered them in her own special sauce, served them up and a new dish was born.
If that’s made you hungry for chicken wings, you’re not alone. N1 offer a wide variety of this Halaal certified meat, from the wings right up to the whole bird and parts thereof, along with chicken sausage and also mince, so call them today for the best in quality, service and delivery.