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What is Foie Gras?

 I once knew what fois gras is, but have forgotten. Could you kindly tell me what it is?

  Foie gras is the enlarged liver of a goose. The name, which literally means "fat liver" in French refers to a liver from a goose that has been fattened by force feeding so that it becomes particularly large (the liver can weigh up to four pounds). It is very expensive, the texture is smooth as silk, the taste is very rich, and animal rights activists go into fits whenever it is mentioned.

The most well-known use for foie gras is the pâté de foie gras, a rich pâté containing at least 80% foie gras. In certain parts of France, truffles are added to the pâté, resulting in fois gras truffé. Foie gras is also an essential ingredient in Beef Wellington, and many other rich, fancy, complicated dishes.


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