in many countries, when cows are killed for meat, the heads are put in the waste. that is because many people do not believe meat from a cow head should be eaten. but in south africa, some people have a strong desire for cow head meat. many people are selling and eating it in johannesburg. voa recently visited a cow-head processing factory in the city.
in south africa, the meat is call "skop." the men who eat it say it is less costly than other meats and more tasty.
some meat sellers in johannesburg recently learned how to prepare cow heads for their customers. they remove the skin from the head. then they use an axe to separate the meat from the bones.
william mahlangu works at a cow head processing factory. up to 150 cow heads are processed there each day.
"this meat is delicious, it's tender and it's very, very nice meat for men. even in, even in the old days, like our grandfathers, if they slaughter a cow, the cow head it was only for men."
much of the skop meat is sold to sellers who sell food on the street. but at the factory, they also cook the meat for customers. then they put the meat on a large table, not on plates. they put hot sauce on it, and a starch called "uphuthu."
kenneth ayudo is a nigerian food shop owner living in johannesburg. he says in nigeria people even eat the skin after they roast it over a fire to remove the hair. then they wash the skin like a piece of cloth.
"it's the way it tastes and there is too much demand for it and everywhere now because anyone that eat it wants, wants, want to eat it again."