In my local supermarket, they have 2 kinds of duck breast meat: something called magret and something called filet. If you'd ask me to recognize which is which based on just the meat itself, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. There also doesn't seem to be much of a difference in price: both are a little under 21 EUR/kg, with magret being slightly cheaper.

Is there a difference between these 2 meats?

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From Wikipedia magret refers to a specific breed (the Mulard, not to be confused with the Mallard):

Magret refers specifically to the breast of a mulard or Barbary duck that has been force fed to produce foie gras.

From dartagnan.com :

Sometimes called “duck steak,” the magret (breast) of the Moulard duck is known for its rich flavor and dark red meat. Try it pan seared and find out why the French swear by the duck.

  • Interesting, thanks. Would you cite the "other" site?
    – hoc_age
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 11:56
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    @hoc_age I didn't include the link because it was from a site that sells the magret, dartagnan.com. But I used the quote because it succinctly put several comments I read on other sites in a neat little package. If you think it should be in the answer I will edit it.
    – Cindy
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 12:02
  • @Cindy Probably a good idea to have the attribution at least. Did you come across anything that would indicate why this was the cheaper of the two available cuts?
    – logophobe
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 14:14
  • Exercise gives muscle flavor @logophobe, perhaps Magret is less desirable for that reason?
    – GdD
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 14:30
  • @logophobe Thanks, link added. After all of the reading it seems that Muscovy is more expensive than moulard, and that Pekin and Rohan are pretty much in the same price range as moulard. But I haven't found anything that specifically addresses that.
    – Cindy
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 14:31

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