Meat from wooly pigs to be expected in US
Meat from purebred wooly pigs will be available for the US market in summer
The breed is rather unusual for the US, as the animals hitherto have only
been available for the European market.
The Wooly Pig (also known as
Mangalitsa or Wollschwein) is a lard-type breed that has dark, juicy and richly
marbled meat, the quality of which is unparalleled in the United
In Central Europe, the laid-back Mangalitsa, which are direct
descendents of the wild boar, are raised with patience on pasture or forage and
with a mind toward optimal flavour.
They are finished
on barley, rye, hay and/or peas to achieve the lightest and highest-quality fat.
Depending on whether the pigs are used for fresh market or cured, the growing
time ranges from 9 to 24 months.
Heath Putnam, who currently is the
exclusive importer of the Mangalitsa, is working with Gary and So Angell, owners
of Rocky Ridge Ranch, located 30 miles west of Spokane, Washington. The team
endeavours to raise the herd of Wooly Pigs based on the European model in order
to attain the best flavour.
Putnam got to
know about the European pig breed while he lived and worked as a software
engineer in Europe. In vain, he had sought a comparable quality of pork in the
US, that possessed the full-flavour and marbling he had experienced abroad.
Frustrated by the lack of product, Putnam decided to import the
â€¢ Wooly Pigs
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