Only the state is allowed to slaughter cattle and sell beef in Cuba. A commodity that I can buy at my local grocery store, beef has become a taste of the past. It’s to the point that citizens who kill a cow, even if they raised it themselves, can get a 10-year prison sentence. And anyone who transports or sells a poached animal can get locked up for 8 years.
“It’s been years and years since I last ate beef. Not necessarily by choice but we Cubans don’t really enjoy it anymore…it taste too much like metal, hahaha” ~ Rodrigo
Today beef is found almost exclusively in state-run restaurants and markets that are financially beyond the reach of most citizens. It makes chicken, pork, and goat the default taste for an entire country.