Reindeer vs Caribou
Reindeer and Caribou are essentially the same animal; genus, “Rangifer tarandus”.
Today’s wild reindeer are the result of domestic breeding over a 2,000 year period in Europe and Asia. Reindeer have shorter legs and a larger upper body. Reindeer are found in the Arctic regions of Scandinavia, Russia, Siberia, China, and Europe. A thick hide of hollow hair insulates this cold weather stock from the punishing frigid temperatures in Arctic regions. This makes reindeer perfectly suited for domestication by humans in this harsh environment.
Wild American herds, known as Caribou, were isolated from their Eurasian cousins when the land bridge between Alaska and Siberia was lost. Due to their isolation, they show some obvious differences. Caribou have longer legs and a leaner overall stature. They are built for migration over the vast and harsh distances of Alaska, Canada, and Greenland.
Reindeer and Caribou share the same lean, flavorful meat and taste identical in every way. Reindeer have been satisfying appetites for thousands of years. Bring this old world flavor to your table for a truly exotic and delightful meal.
Reindeer meat is extremely healthy, very low in fat and high in nutrients. An average 3.5 - 4 ounce serving of reindeer meat has only 110 Calories, and yet has over 25% of your daily nutritional requirements of Iron, Niacin, Zinc, and Copper.