Python meat as the food of the future

Python meat is emerging as a new contender for the food of the future.

A report recently published in the journal Nature argues that python meat is potentially the most sustainable source of protein because "In terms of food and protein conversion ratios, pythons outperform all mainstream agricultural species studied to date." In other words, pythons convert most of what they eat directly into meat on their body.

The authors also make the case that farming pythons is more ethical than farming chickens or cows because "Pythons don’t have the same cognitive capacity and choose to remain inactive in small confined spaces when they don’t need to find food."

More info: Nature, New Scientist

People on YouTube who have tried python uniformly report that it's chewy. So grinding it up into a burger might be the way to go.

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 23, 2024
     Category: Food | Farming

Erm, problem here. Pythons are carnivores. So they digest meat - losing energy and nutrients - to make their own meat. Which means that they are obviously not a more efficient or sustainable source of proteins than their prey species.

We should apparently all be eating rats and pigeons.
Posted by Richard Bos on 03/23/24 at 09:34 AM
If you get tired of eating rats and pigeons, I would suggest slow-cooking the python for a few hours. Maybe saute it in a pan until the surface is all golden brown, then transferring it into some broth, or better still, a slow-cooker. After eight hours of cooking at low temperature, the meat should be tender and moist.
Posted by Yudith on 03/27/24 at 10:39 AM

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