Alpaca meat is one of the healthiest meats in the world.  A member of the Camelidae family, the alpaca is the only mammal to produce an elliptical-shaped red blood cell ensuring highly oxygenated blood for extreme conditions and high altitudes. The alpaca also possesses specialized stomachs that can metabolize high nutrition from low protein/high roughage food sources (i.e. razor grass).

Alpaca meat is lean, tender and tastes almost sweet. As compared to traditional livestock meats,  alpaca meat has many health benefits (see comparison below).  Alpaca meat is the ‘meat of the Andes’ and is one of the healthiest and oldest food sources of Incan and Pre-Incan peoples.  To this day, it remains an important daily food source for the people of the highlands and is considered a delicacy in the upscale South American culinary world.

Written by Catherine Simpson