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Mutton vs Lamb on Persian Menus In English, we use "lamb" to refer to meat that comes from a sheep that was under 1 years old at the time of slaughter and "mutton" to refer to meat that comes from sheep older than 1. When گوسفند appears on Persian menus, does it refer to mutton or lamb? Or could it refer to either one.
Feb 28, 2018 9:35 AM
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 بره has the same meaning with lamb in the menu, گوسفند can be used for both of them but since lamb is more expensive and show higher quality ,i think it is more sensitive for restaurants to use the special word of بره .
February 28, 2018

there is word in persian for less than one year (or 6 month in some cases) sheep called "شیشک" [shishak] and there is food called "شیشلیک"[shishlik] originally made by it. but nowadays it's changed and has different recipes .

April 7, 2018
باقالی‌پلو با بره (ماهیچه): ۴۵۰-۴۰۰ گرم ماهیچه گوسفندی  in this menu,you have both option, lamb and 400 -450 g mutton.
March 3, 2018
Thanks Sanaz!
February 28, 2018


In the US I have never even seen mutton in the stores.  It isn't popular here at all.  We have lamb in the stores, but it is expensive.  I never buy it.

Mutton is a popular dish in the UK, isn't it?

I just noticed that you are an American.  Do you have mutton in the stores where you live?  The Muslim grocery stores might have mutton here.  I've never checked.  The Somali stores have lamb, goat, and camel meat, believe it or not.

March 3, 2018
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