Polish Goose - Tradition and History
As early as the 18th century, polish geese were being exported from Poland. But instead of being delivered deep-frozen or fresh by truck within a few hours, these flightless birds had to walk around 1,000 km to Germany in a flock numbering 60 thousand. When German importers took part in the Polish advertising budget for Polish geese in the 60’s, the commercial success of the Polish goose was bound to happen. We, Polfood GmbH, have come across the Polish goose and have offered high quality goose and goose parts with a clear conscience for years.
Facts and figures
- 4,000 tons of goose meat is produced each year in Germany. This covers only 15 per cent of the demand. The rest is mostly from Poland or Hungary.
- Polish farms produce approximately 20,000 tons of goose meat per year – more than any other country in the European Union.
- 95 % of it is being exported.
- More than 80 % of all Germans annually choose the Polish goose for Christmas.
- The Polish goose originates from green Poland, e. g. from Podlachian or Bialystok
- Our geese are not force-fed and live-plucked, which is legally prohibited
- Our geese meet all the EU regulations and are certificated.
- Their food consists of: grass, herbages, cut nettle, and young grains.
- In the final three weeks, oat is added to the food in order to achieve a special taste.
- Our geese are at least 100 days old when slaughtered.
Goose meat is particularly healthy and nutritious. It contains (per 100 g):
- ca. 300 kcal
- ca. 15 g protein
- ca. 420 mg potassium
- ca. 12 mg calcium
- ca. 184 mg phosphor
- ca. 25 g fat
Furthermore, goose meat is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and the important B-Vitamin Niacin.
So say yes to the Polish goose more often – not only at Christmas time or on St. Martin’s day!