Mangalitza Blondes which ours is are thought to be similar to the now extinct Lincolnshire Curly Coated pig.
A large framed breed with excellent quality fat often used for Lardo and with wild boar heritage a great rich piggy flavour.
We had chops tonight and they were very tasty, looking forward to what everyone else thinks if they get a chance to try some of this rare occurrence, though fingers crossed we can get our hands and knives on some more.
Our Mangalitza was slowly raised to 11 months (seems young but UK average age for pork animals is 6 months and even the native breeds we noramlly have are 9 months at slaughter) in a free range environment, rooting around and munching on many an apple, on a very small holding near Chipping Norton. This beast arrived special delivery by Max the small holder himself.
Also in the counter this week lovely Llanwenog lamb, Fosse Meadows Farm' s Cotswold White and Gold Chicken both as featured in the latest Jamie Magazine and Belted Galloway beef.
Talking about what is going to be in the counter I am rather pleased with my current beef rail line up, all aging nicely ready to go into the counter at Spa Terminus on Saturdays we have coming up over the next few weeks Whitepark, Belted Galloway, Longhorn & Dexter. I can also say those of you with Beef Cartel tickets are in for treat as the beef is also in my coolroom and is covered in unctuous yellow fat.