It may be steeped in controversy and prohibitively expensive, but foie gras is a favourite Christmas delicacy in France.
Now, though, it is set to become a far more mainstream snack, as a fast food chain is launching a limited-edition foie gras burger.
Quick, which is a rival to McDonalds in France, will be selling the 'Supreme Foie Gras Burger' for just 5 euros, or 7.50 euros with fries and a soft drink.
The burger features pieces of foie gras atop a minced beef patty, with onion relish and rocket leaves.
It will be served at its 360 outlets across the country for three days only, from December 17 to 19.
Foie gras, which translates literally as ‘fatty liver’, is produced mainly in the southwest of France by farmers who force-feed poultry with large quantities of ground corn and wheat in order to swell the birds’ livers.
Once extracted the livers can fetch up to 100 euros per kilo at markets in the Aquitaine region and even more in Paris during the pre-Christmas shopping rush.
The move from the fast food chain is likely to enrage animal rights groups, who argue that methods used to create the delicacy causes unnecessary suffering to geese and ducks.
Defenders of animal rights fear that if Quick's three-day offer is successful, it may spark a consumer taste for foie gras, as well as demand for cheap eastern European imports.
Producers defend the practice, arguing that the birds actually enjoy being force-fed.
Friday, November 26, 2010
French fast food chain to sell foie gras burgers.
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