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.
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?
We’re proud to partner with Sakura Wagyu Farms, a midwestern business built on research, transparency, and methods you can trust. Get to know their product below:
Bred from Japanese Bloodlines – With every step of the work day, Sakura Wagyu Farms carries the deepest respect for the history and origins of the Japanese breed of Wagyu.
Unbeatable Flavor – Their world-class techniques ensure superior texture and tenderness in each cut, with an abundance of marbling for buttery flavor that lingers on the palate.
Holistically Raised – Their cattle are fed on an all-vegetarian diet with no growth hormones or antibiotics, ever.
Sustainable Approach – They take pride in partnering with generational family farms who offer the greatest care for their cattle and resources.
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