The fascinating black chicken

September 11, 2013 No Comments »

Believe it or not, one of the most popular remedies in Asia is nothing else but a type of chicken. The first evidence for the use of the black chicken is dating from the early 13th century. Although the chicken has been called “black”, there is nothing in her appearance that will suggest that. The black chickens have beautiful, silky white plumage and black-pigmented skin and bones. They have a status of “super food” and are widely used in the Chinese medicine which believes their meat have homeopathic properties.

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The black chickens have beautiful, silky white plumage and black-pigmented skin and bones. Photo: Gaziante Zoo

The black chicken also known as Bantam or miniature chicken is used mainly in soups or stews and its meet has sweeter taste (compared to its white cousin). It is also believed that the meet of the black chicken has a positive effect on the blood pressure, lungs and stomach.

Nutrition-wise, the black chicken has much lower fat (compared to a regular one), has higher protein and iron levels and it is high in the antioxidant carnosine.

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Meat of black chicken, packed in a Korean restaurant.

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