Have you heard about the black chicken? No I mean the really, really black chicken. Not only is it so black but it's black from head to toe, inside and out!

Talk about dark meat!

These rarely kept bred of chickens are called the Ayam Cemani chickens, (Ayam meaning “chicken” in Indonesian and Cemani - “completely black” in Javanese), which originated from the island of Java, Indonesia. Dutch breeder, Jan Steverink first imported it into Europe in 1998 and there are stocks that are currently kept in the Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia. There is also several varieties one of which includes the Swedish Black Chicken.

The birds are completely black: black feathers, black legs and toe nails, black beak and tongue, black comb and wattles, black meat and bones and even dark organs... just all around black, black, black! The roosters weigh 2–2.5 kg and the hens from 1.5–2 kg. The hens are non-roosting and produce 80 white eggs with a slight pink tint per year. Eggs weigh an average of 45 g.

Despite many rumours, the blood of the Ayam Cemani is not black (though it is remarkably dark).

So if you think you’d like to purchase these chickens, be prepared to cough up between $1999 and $2500… just for one!



1 comment:

  1. Very well written post! Keep up the good job, mate!