With so many animals roaming the world, humans are given so many options of what kind of meat to eat. Some are widly accepted as edible, such as cows (beef), pigs (pork) and sheep (lamb), with no-one seeming to question the legitimacy of devouring such beasts – with the exception of narrow minded vegetarians who find it necessary to try and convert ALL people to their line of thinking rather than embracing the diversity of everyone’s tastes. (Before I proceed further, I would like to point out that I wasn’t calling ALL vegetarians narrow minded, just the ones who believe all humans should be vegetarians.
One animal which rarely gets brought up in the discussion of different meats as a food source is the camel. Camels are herbivores, able to eat plants that are dry, prickly, salty, and/or bitter, but prefer any kind of vegetation. In extreme conditions they may eat rope, sandals, and even tents. Their ability to feed on a wide range of foods allows them to live in areas with sparse vegetation. A common misconception is that the camel’s humps are for water storage. In reality, the humps contain a large amount of fat and are use for nourishment when food is scarce.
So speaking of food, can we eat them? The short answer is yes. Although we won’t find camel on the menu at most restaurants, even in the major food districts of Arabia, some people DO eat camel meat. Whats more surprising is that they actually enjoy it. I have been told it has a peculiar taste, like steak that’s gone off in the sun, so you won’t catch me rushing off to order one for tomorrow night’s meal. But many people get all excited at the prospect of camel burgers! Bon apetite 😉