Bison: A Red Meat Lover's Dream Come True
Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2011
Bison isn't "health food." It's food that's healthy – naturally lean and lower in saturated fat than beef, chicken, pork, or even salmon. It’s delicious, nutritious, and with Kowalski’s introduction of High Plains Bison in our fresh Meat Departments, it’s a choice you can feel good making.
A dense proportion of protein, fat, minerals and fatty acids to caloric value make bison one of the more nutrient-dense meats available today. Plus, bison is low in cholesterol, low in sodium and a great source of iron and omega-3 fatty acids to boot.
Many bison lovers claim it has a richer flavor than beef that starts out hearty, then finishes with a hint of salty sweetness. It’s juicy and tender and fast becoming one of the most sought-after delicacies among steak enthusiasts.
High Plains Bison is a product Kowalski's is proud to offer our shoppers. High Plains bison roam the plains and prairies, grazing on wild grasses, sagebrush and other native vegetation – no hormones, no antibiotics. These well-cared for herds also get plenty of fresh air, clean water and warm sunshine. American bison herds are thriving once again thanks to foresight, respect and responsible husbandry, as well as a genuine desire to foster the survival of the species. High Plains Bison is proud to farm in a way that preserves native grasslands and natural ecosystems. Their ground bison, steaks, hot dogs and sausages have no artificial ingredients and contain no additives or fillers.
You may be wondering, "Are bison and buffalo the same animal?" We can thank our ancestors, the early American settlers, for the confusion. They saw the native bison and named it "bufello" due to its similar appearance. But appearances can be deceiving. So what is the difference between buffalo and bison and what difference does it make when you want to buy a lean, healthy red meat?
A simple look at the two animals side by side helps answer the question. The bison is taller, and its coat is thicker and hairier than the buffalo's. Unlike any buffalo species, the American bison sports a large shoulder hump and a massive head, which gives this symbol of the West its burly appearance. But the main difference, the one that affects our purchase and consumption of buffalo, is that bison are indigenous to North America, while buffalo hail from Asia (Water Buffalo) and Africa (Cape Buffalo) - so, if you're ordering buffalo burgers from a menu, you're probably eating bison burgers. But while the proper scientific term for the American animal is "bison," the term "buffalo" is so engrained in the American lexicon that even the National Bison Association deems it an acceptable synonym.
So what's in a name? Whether you call it "bison" or "buffalo," this delicious red meat is a fantastic choice for an environmental or health-conscious consumer. Humanely raised bison is a great addition to a healthy diet.