This Chicken is Black From Comb to Feathers to Meat

This breed of chicken is black. Black, black, black.

black chicken

The Ayam Cemani is the Goth of the chicken world. It’s one of the rarest breeds of chicken in the US, and also one of the priciest —  a single day-old chick can sell for a whopping $199, and in 2013 aficionados of the unusual chicken could purchase a young pair for $4,999. Why the high price tag? It’s all a matter of color: as you can see these fowl are black from the inside out. Here’s what they look like on a plate:

black chicken cooked

Black chicken served with bamboo shoots and caterpillar fungus (Xiaofei Wang/the food passionates/Corbis)


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