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See also:  Foie Gras Trivia;  Goose Article;
Article, Foie Gras D’oie and Foie Gras De Canard


Geese have been domesticated for almost 5000 years.

Lesser Snow Geese migrate 4,000 miles from the Artic to the Gulf of Mexico twice a year. Barheaded Geese migrate from Central Asia to India over the Himalayas at 29,000 feet.

There are 129  people in the U.S. listed on with the last name 'Goose'
(Mark Morton, 'Gastronomica', Fall 2010)

Many varieties of geese were being bred in ancient India, Egypt and China.  Geese have been raised for food, for their eggs, their feathers (quill pens) and their down (insulation, pillows). Domesticated geese also make good 'watchdogs,' hissing and honking loudly when strangers come around.

Geese have less meat and more bone then chicken or turkey. Allow at least 1 1/2 pounds per person when buying a goose.  Smaller birds are preferred - look for ones 8 to 12 pounds for roasting, as larger (older) birds will be tough and should be braised.  Farm raised geese are very fatty - wild geese are leaner.

In 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle' by Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes investigates the mystery of a Christmas goose that swallowed a jewel.

Top 5 Geese Countries: (2000)

    • China - 203 million
    • Egypt - 9 million
    • Romania - 4 million
    • Russia - 3.3 million
    • Madagascar - 3.1 million

Supposedly, Alfred Hitchock was going through customs one time and was asked by a customs official to state his occupation.
     Hitchock replied that he was a producer.
'What do you produce?' asked the official.
     'Gooseflesh' replied Hitchcock.




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