Lamb Hearts
Lamb Hearts Lamb hearts are eaten by pretty much every culture where lamb is a significant item in the diet. The meat is dark and tough, so needs long cooking. The photo specimens were 4-1/4 x 3 x 2 inches and wighed 10-3/4 ounces, a significant part of which is hard fat. Pig hearts are larger, cheaper and much less fatty, but forbidden by Islam and Judaism.

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Lamb hearts, like the hearts of all other animals, are exercised continuously, so they are tough and need long wet cooking. They are often cut into small pieces for faster cooking. Medium size pieces will take about a 4 hour simmer. They are also sometimes stuffed.

Buying:   Lamb hearts will be found in markets serving Turkish, Armenian, Middle Eastern and North African communities. They should also be easy to find in New Zealand and Australian meat markets.

Prep:   The first task is to cut away the surrounding fat and attached plumbing. The fat surrounding the heart is quite stiff, almost hard, and needs to be cut away carefully with a very sharp knife.

Yield: As with all other parts of lamb, the hearts come with plenty of attached fat. By time you've cut away excess fat and plumbing you have a yield of about 70%.

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