Rich flavour of the woods
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.