Just in time for the holidays!
The first "ethical" foie gras to be made in Britain is being launched by a supermarket chain next week.
The goose liver and duck liver pates have been made without the traditional force-feeding of the birds.
Waitrose, who is selling the products, has named them "faux gras" and marketing them as a British twist on the French product, made without cruelty to the birds.
The supermarket stopped selling French foie gras six years ago, as the tide of popular opinion turned against the force feeding of birds - traditionally the only way to give the livers the truly plump feel and smooth taste that is so prized by gourmets.
It has the backing of the animal charity RSPCA which says the faux gras was created with welfare in mind.
A spokesman for the supermaket admits that "fans of real foie gras will realise this is not the real thing."
However, David Stone, a buyer for the chain, said: "We think this is as near to authentic foie gras as we can get without the cruelty. We are confident we have come up with the holy grail of the gastronomic world - a pate with the richness of traditional foie gras, but without any of the guilt."
I've never eaten foie gras so I have no idea how it tastes. And, of course, the new "ethical" product was still made from a living being. But it's a start and change has to start with something.
Photo by nikaboyce.