Studley Royal Stag 6
(European Fallor Deer)
Photo from Paul Turner
|Mesopotamean Fallow Deer|
Photo from: Volker Wurst
It exists in North Africa. The males and females are seen together only in summer when the mating season approaches, which is in October. Gestation takes 33 weeks. Normally, the female has one fawn, rarely two.
Dama mesopotamica, another species in Persia, is more corpulent and its coloring is brighter than the species in Europe. It lives in the Laristan Mountains in Iran. This fact, of course, opened the doors for the fallow deer recipes that were taken to Al-Andalus from Persia.
Photo from: Greg Holmes
Villena explained that the meat should be carved in the same fashion as ox meat. Avenzoar said the meat was hot and dry and had a smoother substance then the common deer.
The European Fallow deer are not an endangered species. They are a protected game species throughout most of their range. They have been kept in game parks for hunting purposes almost from the time of the Romans. The Mesopotamian Fallow deer are considered endangered. See buey.
[Benavides-Barajas. 1995:220; Espasa. 1988:25:FUI:647-648; Ibn Zuhr/García Sánchez. 1992:58; Villena/Calero. 2002:22b:31a; and Webster’s New Geographical Dict. 1984:651]