Best season to eat pigeon
Is it true that the best time to eat pigeon is in the autumn?
There is never a bad time to eat pigeon — with the possible exception of when they are feeding hard on winter rape, though the effect of this on the meat can be minimised by emptying the birds’ crops as soon after shooting as possible. The matter of whether autumn pigeons are the best is open to debate. There are few things finer than a summer-fattened squab plucked and roasted whole. These young pigeons are tasty in the extreme, lacking the strength that the older birds can exhibit and that poor cooking can
to enjoy pigeon exacerbate. However, later broods fattened on beech and acorn crops can have a delicious nutty quality to them.
The issue with autumn pigeons is that often there are a lot of older birds, possibly even migrants, mixed in the flocks and they will be tougher, deeper in flavour and less likely to be so influenced in flavour by their most recent diet. It is always worth assessing your birds for age and condition no matter the time of year.
I wonder also if the challenge of shooting pigeons as they flight in to roost, rather than decoying over the summer stubbles, makes them seem tastier, because the shooting is a little more satisfying and therefore the rewards seem greater? TM
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