Have you ever heard about the Ayam Cemani Chicken of Indonesia? It’s a rare breed of chicken, and you will soon see why from the pictures. Everything about this chicken is black: plumage, beak, tongue, legs, toe nails, even its meat, bones, and organs! The only thing that is not black is it’s blood – though it comes in a very dark shade.
The word ‘Ayam’ means ‘chicken’ in Indonesian, and ‘Cemani’ translates as ‘completely black’ in Javanese. They get their black coloring from a generic trait known as ‘fibromelanosis’.
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Eating something that is as black as a black hole is kind of weird, but don’t ever make the mistake of slaughtering the Ayam Cemani for a quick snack, because one chicken costs around $2,500!
For comparison, 15 average chickens would cost one just $85, while other special breeds cost about $149, making the Ayam Cemani well-deserving of its nickname.