France's most pampered chicken turns 50
This year the French "poulet de
Bresse'' is celebrating 50 years of being the most pampered chicken in France
and also one of the most expensive in the world.
Making up the French flag, the Queen of Chickens, with its red
crest, white feathers and flesh and blue legs display the national colours. Due
to strict rules on rearing and breeding, the tender white flesh of the Bresse
chicken, capon or poularde fattened hen is appreciated by gastronomes and used
by the great chefs.
A Bresse chicken can cost up to €35 ($50.86) in France and a capon, a
castrated cock, can fetch €75, a fortune in comparison to the price of an
ordinary chicken that sells for a few euros in supermarkets.
production is around one million heads a year and is only a small fraction of
all chickens slaughtered in France.
The French consume more than six
million chickens in all forms over the December festive season, against 2.5
million turkeys, 1.2 million geese and 10 million quails.
The capon is
often cooked as a dish for Christmas dinners in France.
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