It’s entirely probable that the only time we think of partridge these days is when we are singing ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ around the festive season, or we see a highly stylised image peering at us from the branches of a pear tree in greetings card. Which is a shame as partridge, although seldom seen in the supermarkets or butcher shops, make for really good eating. Which is why we are delighted to offer it here.
The partridge we sell comes from estates in the north west of England. They are part of the land management, conservation and ecology of the heath-lands and are vital to the economy of these estates. It is available in season from 1 September until 1 February making it an idea autumn and winter meal. Coming as it does from the wild, it is very much in line with our Paleo principles and there’s one big benefit. We don’t need to go primal and head out onto the moors armed with a bow and arrow these days. We leave that to the gamekeepers to do the job for us whilst we just wait for the partridge to turn up, oven-ready, on our doorstep! Each bird being around 275g in weight, ready to eat.
For medium sized bird, Partridge packs a high nutritional punch. It has a pretty high iron content, so it makes for great brain food. It is also high in vitamin B and has a good source of potassium, calcium and magnesium plus, not forgetting that all-important element – it’s high in taste!
Partridge has a dark, lean meat with a subtle flavour that is not too strong – so it’s perfect if you are introducing yourself to wild game for the first time. It can be roasted whole, but it lends itself beautifully to being jointed and steeped in marinades. This grilled partridge recipe is quite simple or this paper wrapped partridge is packed with flavour. We really like the sound of this recipe by Miles Collins too. Of course, you could also see how it tastes with pears!
Caroline is a ‘Certified Primal Blueprint Expert’ and although we can’t comment on individual cases or offer any professional advice directly we generally advocate an ancestral health approach to diet and wellness. All comments regarding health are based on a picture built up over years of researching scientific literature and working with leading experts in the field of nutrition. By way of a reference for these comments, we have compiled a pinterest board with a range of research and informative articles on the subject. Enjoy.