Farm & Garden

Heritage Red Wattle Hog

March 23 2012 - 1:09 PM

According to Slow Food USA, Red Wattle hogs were theoretically brought to the US by the French in the late 1700’s but left wild as settlers headed West since they had a lower fat content. They were rediscovered in the wild in Texas and are know for their hardiness and flexibility to adapt to climate and pasture.

Red Wattle pork is exceptionally lean and juicy with a rich beef-like taste and texture.

As they are heritage animals they are considered endangered but as they are domesticated the best thing we can do support the farms that raise them.

According to the Beginning Farmer:

Although Red Wattles are very minor breed in terms of numbers they are really starting to gain some traction with chefs and food critiques around the country. They even won a blind taste test going up against Berkshires, Duroc, a Tamworth/Chester cross, Ossabaw Island, and a Sam’s Club special. It seems that they are starting to catch on all across the country, from Seattle to the Northeast.

Stop by Sheffield’s tomorrow (Saturday the 24th) to not only sample what a heritage pure-bred hog tastes like but take some home. Bob Borchardt from Harvest Moon Farms is our Farmer-Partner for the event! Details HERE.