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Capon

Cheers to the capon

What is a capon?

Capons (Fr. chapon) are surgically castrated roosters. This changes the hormone balance of the capon, making the gentleman disinterested in the hens around him. His most distinguishing feature is now the missing cockscomb, which becomes stunted after the hormonal change. For approximately eight months, he cares only about eating. Capons are the traditional French Christmas roasts and bred specifically for that date. Much like many other delicacies, capons used to be popular among German connoisseurs, too – but they were forgotten over time.

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How does capon taste?

Not only do capons eat more than un-neutered roosters, they also store fat underneath the skin and in the meat. This makes capon juicier than the meat of regular roosters – it is even lightly marbled.

Especially exclusive capons are plucked and tightly wrapped in a linen corset after the slaughter. This traditional procedure spreads the fat throughout the entire animal, making the meat even more tender.