What Is the Name for Horse Meat?

Horse meat is most common in France where it is called chevaline or cheval. According to the New York Times, chevaline is popular in many European and Asian countries because it can be substituted for beef at a cheaper cost. In the U.S., eating horse meat is a controversial topic.

Eating horse meat is quite common in many parts of the world, including France, Belgium, Switzerland, Siberia, Mexico, Canada and Japan. Cheval may have a different name depending on where it is being served.

In France, horse meat is readily available at the boucheries chevelalines, which are butcher shops that specialize in horse meat. In 1911, according to Michael Johnson in the New York Times, roughly 62,000 horses were slaughtered for food purposes, which is a record that still stands as of 2014.