Around the world, across cultures and history, squab has appeared on the best tables, from castles to farmhouses. Why not on yours?
With red, tender meat and a plump breast, this is a bird that has been eaten forever, as far as we can tell. The meat of a young squab is tenderer, and thus more versatile for cooking, than that of an adult pigeon, considered suitable only for braising or baking in a pie.
We like these semi-boneless birds, with wings & drumsticks left intact, because they are so easy to stuff and serve as individual portions.
Richly flavored, silky in texture, and lean; squab is known for its singular ability to retain moisture during cooking. While we think it’s eminently adaptable to many recipes, one thing remains true: squab is best enjoyed when cooked rare to medium rare.
Just the facts
- All-natural, farm-raised, domestic squab
- No antibiotics, no hormones
- High-protein grain diet includes soy, sorghum, corn
- Single serving, sold individually
- Sold in an uncooked state
- Product of USA
- For best taste on fresh products, use or freeze within 3-5 days of receipt; for frozen products, use within 1-2 days after thawing
Since day one, D’Artagnan has been dedicated to finding farmers that share our vision of more humane and sustainable methods of rearing livestock. By working only with farms that respect nature and focus on the best animal welfare practices, we can stand proudly behind all of our products.
Originally domesticated in Ancient Egypt, squab has remained a traditional part of many diets around the world. Now its tender and lean red meat is gaining in popularity in the United States.
We source our squab from a cooperative of farms in California’s beautiful Central Valley, where they raise the prolific King breed birds. Known for its large size and full breast, this is a breed preferred for its meat.
Inside protected and open barns, the birds are allowed to breed and rear their young in nest boxes. The mated pairs of adult pigeons feed young birds a mix of high-protein grains including soy, sorghum and corn.
The fledgling squabs have never flown and are raised until four weeks of age, when they are adult size but before their muscles toughen. As with all our products, no hormones or antibiotics are ever administered.