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According to the Broken Arrow Ranch, their best selling game meat is South Texas Antelope. These animals are officially named the “nilgai” antelope and originate in India and Nepal. “Nilgai” means “blue bull” in certain East Indian dialects. They were originally introduced to the King Ranch in the 1930’s by a family member who decided that South Texas was a tough environment for cattle that had evolved in a cooler climate. His search for an animal that could thrive in the South Texas climate and produce a high quality, lean meat led him to the nilgai antelope.

The meat has a mild flavor with a good texture, much like veal. It is extremely low in fat, averaging well under 1% for most cuts.

These are large animals, weighing an average of 280 pounds on the hoof. This larger size reduces the harvesting and processing cost when calculated on a per pound basis and allows them to offer this meat at very attractive prices.

At this time Broken Arrow Ranch is the only company in the US conducting on-site, commercial harvesting of deer and antelope.

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Ice house in San Antonio. Mel Brown 2007.

Fascinating read about South Texas ice houses and their segue into 7-11, Stop & Go and other convenience stores. From Kitchen Sisters:

Texas Icehouses. Part town hall, part tavern, icehouses have been a South Texas tradition since the 1920s. Before refrigeration, icehouses stored and distributed block ice for the neighborhood iceboxes.

Over time, they diversified– iced beer, a little food, maybe some groceries — a cool, air-conditioned spot where neighbors and families come to sit, talk, play dominoes, turn up the juke box, maybe eat some chicken wings, dance on the slab outside” 

Read more about Southland Corporation (the ice kings) at the Texas Handbook Online:

 In the 1860s, there were three ice-manufacturing plants in San Antonio and only five others in the United States. By 1928, Southland Ice (later Southland Corp, now 7-Eleven Inc.) operated twelve ice plants and twenty retail ice docks in Dallas and San Antonio.

After one store placed a souvenir totem pole at its entrance, Southland stores came to be known as “Tote’m Stores,” since customers toted away their purchases. They pioneered the practice of conveniently locating ice pickup stations in neighborhoods and by first selling chilled watermelon, then groceries and other items along with block ice — helping to launch the convenience store concept.  

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