Eating Nose to Tail is one of the Paleo Diet principles. The concept stems from our Paleolithic ancestors, who enjoyed every bit of the prized game they hunted. Nose to Tail literally refers to eating all of the animal, instead of discarding ‘unwanted’ pieces, such as the heart, tribe and tongue. This eating style has been revisited in modern times and has grown in popularity over the past few years.
Fergus Henderson, British Chef and Author of Nose to Tail Eating: A Kind of British Cooking, is famous for stating: “If you’re going to kill the animal it seems only polite to use the whole thing.”
Politeness aside, research has shown us that various nutrient sources and healthy fats are found in the bits we tend to avoid. Moreover, most meat eaters shy away from the organs, making them a fairly economic option. So, the next time you see marrow, liver, kidneys and spleen on the menu, you may want to take it seriously.
Want a guide to Nose to Tail? This is the best one I could find:
Just kidding! Below is a helpful diagram that shows an overview of items and cuts to consider when you indulge in Nose to Tail dining:
Enjoy the experience!