Everything You Need to Know About Wagyu Beef

February 15, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Wagyu Beef
People go wild for wagyu beef. 

Why? Because it’s the crème de la crème when it comes to exceptional eating. Without a doubt, it’s the Dom Pérignon of meat — but what makes it so special? 

The taste and texture are in leagues of their own, for starters. The unique buttery flavor and melt-in-your-mouth tenderness of highly marbled wagyu beef makes for an unparalleled meat-eating experience. With a reputation like that, it’s no wonder why wagyu beef is beloved by gourmet chefs in fine restaurants and backyard grill masters alike. 

So … what exactly is wagyu beef?

By technical definition, wagyu (pronounced wah-gyoo) means Japanese cow — literally translated, 'Wa' means Japanese and 'gyu' means cow. That said, the sought-after version of wagyu refers to a specific breed of Japanese cattle.

Contrary to some misinformation on the internet, wagyu is not a preparation or simply a way to raise cattle. Rather, wagyu cattle have genetic qualities that are distinctly different from other cattle.

What makes wagyu different from other types of beef?

Picture your average cut of steak: Have you ever noticed the fat cap surrounding the outside of the meat? Wagyu beef doesn’t have that — it has fat that’s intensely marbled throughout. 

Thanks to the way the cattle metabolize the fat internally, the fat is integrated within the muscle. Those tiny flakes of marbling throughout all wagyu cuts create a uniquely juicy, delicate beef flavor with a velvety texture.

Another key difference? Wagyu beef is actually more heart-healthy than other types of beef. The ratio of mono-unsaturated to saturated fat is higher in wagyu than in other beef; and, it has a higher percentage of what is called stearic acid, which experts suggest has a lessened impact in raising cholesterol levels.

More flavor, less guilt — win, win!

Where do we get our wagyu beef?

Market House proudly sources from Imperial American Wagyu®, producers of the finest American Wagyu beef available. From their carefully selected bloodlines to the strict standards of quality, Imperial is recognized throughout the American Wagyu industry for doing things the right way.

Our wagyu beef is 100% vegetarian fed and American raised by ranching families across the nation. And, the cattle NEVER receive added hormones or antibiotics.

The unmatched marbling, consistent flavor and buttery tenderness of Imperial Wagyu beef products are sought after by connoisseurs around the world — and you can have it delivered to your front door!

Ready to give it a try?

Order American Imperial Wagyu Beef®

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