Let me introduce you to a now rare breed of pigs called Mangalitsa (Mangalitza in the UK). I saw some comments that went along the lines of, “Is that a shig or a peep?”, “A pig in sheep’s clothing?”, “Wool ya look at that!”. It certainly seems wrong on several levels, but there they are – Mangalitsa pigs.
They were originally bred in Hungary as lard pigs, big and round. In subsequent years the demand for lard dropped dramatically, so the number of these pigs has dwindled. The Hungarians called them the curly-hair hog. Sadly these days they are classified as a rare breed.
The breed comes in several colors, a blonde version, a red, and a black version called Swallow Bellied Mangalitsas.
The Mangalitsa is enjoying a bit of a Renaissance on the London culinary circuit. According to an article in the Belfast Telegraph, its meat has become highly prized among porcine connoisseurs. Maybe this will be enough to bring them back from the brink of obscurity?
New and exciting things to find every day! We live in an amazing world!