Bison at Granville Island

A few weeks ago, before Chrys left for Nebraska, we took a trip to Granville Island to get a haircut and look around and we came across a fantastic new booth. We had never seen this booth in particular there before, so we had to stop and check it out, and it turned out that they were selling any and all forms of Bison you could think of.

The couple running the booth are the owners of the Hanson Bison Ranch in Valhalla Centre, Alberta, where they raise herds of these mamoth creatures.

Chrys and I, being big fans of Buffalo meat, had to pick up some Bison and give it a try, so we picked up a 6 pack of Bison hamburger patties, and let me tell you, they are some of the best damn hamburgers I have ever had. Plain and naked or as a cheese burger with all the fixin’s, these patties make for one heck of a burger. While we were there we also sampled the Bison pepperoni, which was to die for.

Since Bison is obviously a bit of a specialty item, the folks from the Hanson Bison Ranch charge a bit more than you would usually pay for the garden variety beef equivalent, but for meat of this quality and flavor, and born and raised naturally in Canada, its well worth the extra cost. Not to mention Bison is incredibly good for you. I never would have guessed it and we were both taken aback by the information, but Bison is such a lean meat that it has a substantially lower fat and calorie content than hamburger and a much higher amount of protein. Believe it or not, Bison meat has even less fat and calories than chicken! I couldn’t believe that a red meat could be so healthy.

One thing is for sure, I’ll certainly be heading back to Granville Island and the Hanson Bison Ranch to pick up some more Bison.

You can find the Hanson Bison Ranch booth in Granville Island next on October 27th, 28th or 29th from 9:00am – 7:00pm. Or you can order some Bison by visiting their website at: www.hansonbisonranch.com

(per 100g of cooked lean meat)

Species

Fat (g)

Calories (Kcal)

Cholesterol (mg)

Iron (mg)

Bison

2.42

143

82

3.42

Beef

8.09

201

86

2.99

Pork

9.66

212

86

1.10

Chicken

2.00

158

86

0.60

Salmon

12.35

206

63

0.34

Source: Canadian Nutrient File, 2001b

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