Brazilians like chicken hearts so much there is none left to export
Brazil produces around six billion broilers a year, according to ABPA (Brazilian Association of Poultry and Pork Producers), 70% of which raised in the southern states, where local demand for chicken hearts is so high that the product needs to be imported, Folha de S.Paulo.
In the three southern states alone (Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Paraná), where chicken hearts are part of the local fare, people eat at least 4.2 billion hearts every year.
But other parts of the country have also surrendered to the dish. China is one of the biggest markets for feet, legs and wings, while livers and gizzards go to the Middle East and Europe. Japan buys knee gristle, used in the popular dish yakitori. ■