Wagyu beef is surrounded by myths and folklore, regarding how the cows are raised and what gives the meat its distinctive melt in the mouth texture. We recently had the pleasure of a seven course degustation meal which showcased Wagyu beef for fine dining. The producers of Raging River Wagyu enlightened us about the breed and explained why the meat is so different from other breeds of beef.
It seems that some of the myths have a basis in the history of the breed. They most certainly are a pampered breed and the Japanese have in years gone by massage their cows and feed them sake and beer, but this is not what makes the meat special. The breed itself, if raised in an optimum environment has a particularly highly marbled meat. The intense marbling fans the meat fibres through the interconnecting muscle tissue giving the meat its flavour and melt in the mouth texture.
Wagyu Bruschetta with Caramalised Onion and Brie – Horizon’s Restaurant
Now, before we start getting too worried about the fat content of the meat I should mention that the fat is not a saturated fat as we would find in other beef but a mono-saturated fat which actually aids in cholesterol reduction.
As with any product, there are different grades of Wagyu. The grading is dependent on whether the meat is from a pure bred Wagyu or an Angus cross (F1). The difference in the meat will be noticed in the level of marbling in the cut of meat. The beef is graded based on the marble score. A cross bred F1 will only usually manage a marble score of 4-6 where as a pure bred Wagyu will be hoping for a 9 or 9+ marble score. It is a very important difference when you consider the taste and texture is directly related to the fat marbling.
So where can you try genuine Australian pure bred Wagyu?
Contact Raging River Wagyu for a list of suppliers and restaurants supporting our home grown pure bred Wagyu. You will be supporting a local product. Raging River is located near Port Macquarie and is one of very few produces that sell product from a pure blood line.
For more information:61 (0)2 6587 6114
M: +61 (0)439 195 923
1524 Pappinbarra Road Hollisdale NSW 2446 Australia