About Heritage Pigs
Heritage pigs are true pure breeds of hog. Luckily today heritage pig breeds are being preserved by farmers, chefs, and enthusiasts alike. Each breed has its own unique characteristics that are becoming more and more popular in the United States.
SloPig reaches out to the surrounding community, screaming and shouting the idea of a slower approach to a perfect animal, THE PIG! But, a pig can only be perfect with a sustainable approach. Pork is no longer and should never have been “the other white meat.” A pork chop that is dull pink with no fat is not real pork. Fat is flavor, Fat is healthy, Fat is slower. Slow Pig is happy to team up with Slow Food Madison to support and grow these ideas.
American heritage breeds can be divided into three groups:
-Feral: or descended from feral animals, such as the Ossabaw Island hogs.
-Popular farm breeds: such as Landrace, Duroc, Yorkshire, Chester White, Poland China, Hampshire and Berkshire.
-Rare breeds: including Choctaw, Mulefoot, Hereford, Tamworth, Large Black, Red Wattle, Guinea Hog, and Gloucestershire Old Spot