Frequently Asked Questions
What is an emu?
An emu is a "ratite" - a flightless bird. The ratite group also includes ostrich and kiwi. The mature emu is five to six feet tall, weighing between 90 and 120 pounds. The curious birds are born with black and white striped feathers but are tan, brown, and black as adults.
When do emus begin reproduction?
Emus begin laying eggs as early as 16-18 months of age, but laying normally begins at two to three years. Emus lay large green eggs between November and March. Emus can be productive for more than 20 years and can lay 20-50 eggs in a season.
Where does emu oil come from?
Emu oil comes from a thick pad of fat on the back of the bird that was initially provided by nature to protect the animal from the extreme temperatures of its Australian homeland.
What does emu meat taste like?
With more protein and less calories and sodium than most other red meat, emu meat is similar in taste and texture to lean beef.
What is the best way to cook emu meat?
Since emu meat is low fat and loses moisture quickly, it is best when cooked to rare or medium rare doneness (145Âº to 160Âº F internal temperature as measured by a meat thermometer). For those who prefer meat that is well done, a moist heat cooking method is recommended.
What is emu oil used for?
Emu oil has been reported to help in the promotion of skin moisture, epidermal healing, pain relief of arthritis and skin cell growth. Emu oil is also reported to lower cholesterol when taken internally. Emu oil, from some suppliers (including Wilderness Emu Ranch) has been approved as a dietary supplement. From these suppliers it is safe for human ingestion.
When would I use emu oil?
Emu oil may help with muscles sore from exercise, arthritis and/or rheumatic pain, or other minor aches, pains and dry skin.
Apply emu oil to the affected area and then massage the oil into the painful area until all of the oil is absorbed. Apply as often as needed and remember - a little goes a long way.