Kosher-keepers can thank the organic market for a new taste sensation: flesh that tastes exactly like pork, only kosher. Pork-flavored goose, from Spain, that is. The phenomenon is attributed to a particular organic feed that the geese eat.
It would be interesting to know if Halal authorities would approve this meat. If the thinking on Arwa’s post regarding the Halal status of GM food corresponds to this, it may well be so. High-end organic products are appearing everywhere in the Middle East these days. There’s almost certainly a market among observant Moslems and Jews for a permitted taste of illicit foods.
To ensure that the taste is authentic, the Israeli Rabbinate sent samples to three non-Jewish chefs. All three chefs agreed that the taste of the goose exactly duplicates that of pork.
Speaking on Nov. 22nd at a food conference in Kaplan hospital, Rechovot, Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yonah Metzger stated that there’s no reason why pork-flavored geese shouldn’t be fit for Jews to eat.
The Talmud states that for every forbidden food, a kosher food was created that tastes exactly like it. Metzger bases his approval of the pork-flavored goose on that statement, and further, argues that the meat offers a kosher alternative to Jews who would otherwise choose real pork.
As for kosher-observers who might find the idea repugnant, Metzger feels that “they will get used to it.” He also stated,
“We are investigating the possibility of industrial imports of this goose.”
Only waiting only for the swinish geese to reach maturity, we can expect to taste for ourselves in Israel sometime in March.
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Photo of pig by The Pug Father via Flickr.