Rich flavour of the woods

Landscape (UK) - - In The Kitchen -

While hav­ing a year-round open sea­son, wood pi­geon is a pop­u­lar and flavour­some spring­time in­gre­di­ent. At this time of year, more of these small game birds are shot, as farm­ers seek to pro­tect newly planted fields. With a rich, earthy wood­land taste, the meat con­tains many ben­e­fi­cial min­er­als, in­clud­ing iron. Young pi­geons pro­duce meat which is plump and pink, with a sup­ple breast­bone. Iden­ti­fied by darker meat and more wrin­kled skin, older birds are best when slow cooked. Their meat works very well in a sim­ple pie.

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