While there is no nationwide restriction on selling foie gras, numerous states, including California, have legislation prohibiting its sale. Force-feeding is required to boost animal fat content, according to critics of the luxurious French delicacy (a fatty goose liver). It’s one of the two dozen or so banned foods in the world that people actively seek out.
This French dish is banned or restricted in countries other than the United States. In 2014, India became the first country to prohibit the dish’s importation explicitly. Other nations, such as Australia, have laws prohibiting the production of foie gras while allowing it to be imported.
What is Foie Gras
Foie Gras, which translates to “Fat Liver,” got its name from France’s acceptance of one of the world’s most recognized gourmet items. Foie Gras has a long history dating back to Ancient Egypt. It is made from Moulard ducks that are carefully raised to produce a fatter liver. The end result is a product unlike any other. The delicate velvety texture and smooth nutty finish provide unrivaled finesse and variety to dishes from all over the world.
Where Can you Buy Fois Gras?
This delicious pate can be purchased online from many areas of the world. It’s not cheap. A whole duck liver of foie gras can set you back $140/lb.
Many restaurants in the United States offer Fois Gras on the menu from time to time. We found it in a little french restaurant in Montreal. Fois Gras is a perfect choice on a Charcuterie board. This French appetizer typically includes prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, and confit (preserved or slowly cooked meats)
Final Thoughts on Fois Gras
Fois Gras seems to be an odd duck in the food world because while it is hotly debated and illegal in places like Australia, Canada, and the United States, it is enjoyed throughout most of the rest of the world, especially (and presumably originating from) France.
If you’ve enjoyed foie gras before or have never had the chance to try it, we hope you’ll give this dish a taste. Several excellent restaurants serve this dish; some cities even have restaurants only serving foie gras! But next time your eating French cuisine at your favorite restaurant, keep an eye out for this unusual delicacy.