At Gourmet Wholesaler, we love quail for a multitude of reasons! With a flesh more delicate than chicken yet also more flavorful, it is a favorite to chefs and gourmands around the world. Their tiny size makes them the perfect hors d’oeuvres when served alone and an excellent entree when served as a brace. Explore our entire selection of quail options below, from whole birds to halved quail and even boneless medallions no matter what you’re making we’ve got an excellent game bird option to suit!
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The culinary history of the quail is both rich and varied, spanning multiple continents and several centuries. Written records show that in Europe quail have been bred and raised for the table for the past 10,000 years, and in Egypt, the timeline reaches even further back. Mentioned in biblical texts quail were given by God to the Israelites when they tired of manna. More as a punishment than a reward albeit, but their delightful flavor and tender texture were not a part of the chastisement. A longtime staple of classic French cuisine Quail is still a favorite for its delightful taste and diminutive size. Commonly served and eaten complete with their bones (since they are easily chewed, and the small size makes deboning difficult and time-consuming), the quail is quick to prepare and makes for a truly elegant presentation. Favored in Russia as well, hunting and eating quail was a well-established tradition prior to the Russian revolution. Highly prized, these little birds were sold for a hefty sum in the markets of St. Petersburg for three purposes: for food, as songbirds, and for quail fighting (we’re not making this up). Considered a delicacy in many countries, throughout history the quail was a bird mainly reserved for the tables of noblemen and dignitaries. Browse through our entire selection of this delightful little game bird and start treating your guests like royalty by featuring the delectable flavors of quail!