Did You Know That Not All Meat is Beef?

    In this part of the world, it is very common to refer to every meat from almost every animal source as beef or just meat. Even the literate folks are guilty of this. The exceptions are just meat that are totally different; of course, nobody would refer to chicken, turkey, snail and pork as beef.

    It is however easy to differientiate pork from beef, due to the structure and appearance. So they are referred to by their names. This is not the case with other animals. Nigerians refer to the meat from goat, cattle, cow, sheeps and other related animals as “beef”.

    Even in restaurants, waitresses face difficulty and irrational attitides from clients when asked the type of meat they want.To most people, meat is meat. Or better still “all meat is beef”. The waitresses have to go through the stress of clarifying the names by saying “cow meat” “goat meat” “lamb meat” and so on.

    So in this article, I will list out the names of the meat gotten from common animals in Nigeria. The aim of this post is to inform and enlighten you so you will be able to differentiate the different meats we have around. Knowledge, they say, is power. But I say, “the application of knowledge is power”.

    The Real Names For the Meat of Some Common Animals.

    Now, let’s take a look at the real names of the meat gotten from various animals around us.

    Animals  Meat Names
    Cattle (cow or bull) Beef
    Pig Pork
    Calf (Young Cow) Veal
    Deer Venison
    Sheep (Ram or Ewe) Mutton
    Pigeon Squab
    Water Buffalo Carabeef
    Goat Chevon
    Chicken Chicken
    Turkey Turkey

    You now know the different names for meats. Hence, you should try calling these animal meats by their real names. If you do so, you will definitely get used to it.

    This is not all. If you think there is an animal meat we have missed here, you can share it with us using the comment section below. We welcome contribution in form of comments.

    Also, don’t hesitate to share with your friends and other contacts. There is love in sharing!!!


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