How Much Does Alligator Meat Cost?

Although many people think it’s weird to eat alligator meat, some consider it a delicacy and really enjoy eating it.  Alligator meat is quite healthy, being lower in fat and cholesterol when compared to chicken.  Because there are few alligator breeders available, alligators must be caught in the wild.  The meat, therefore, is very hard to come by.

Alligators are native to only two countries: the United States and China.  In the United States, the majority of alligators reside in Florida or Louisiana and usually live in freshwater environments such as ponds, lakes, or swamps.  The average alligator weighs about 800 pounds and can be 13 to 15 feet long.  Most of the meat comes from the tail of the alligator, a portion said to have the texture of veal but the taste of chicken, rabbit or fish.

Alligator meat can be grilled, fried, made into soup or prepared other ways.  In Louisiana, for instance, an alligator is commonly used in Cajun dishes such as gumbo or jambalaya.

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