Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Wild Boar: Lean & Rich

From D'Artagnan:
The wild boar is an Old World species that existed since before the Ice Age. Evidence suggests that the wild boar, ancestor of the domesticated pig, was in human association perhaps as early as 13,000 B.C. Native wild boar can be found throughout Northern and Central Europe, the Mediterranean and as far south as Indonesia. In many of these cultures wild boar meat has figured prominently in the traditional diet. 
The pigs that Spanish explorers first brought to the Americas were likely of the Iberian breed, a small, lean, tusked pig with a straight back, long narrow snout and small bristles. These first pigs adapted well in their new environment and many found their way to freedom, creating a population of feral pigs in the Americas. 
Populations of wild boar were later introduced to North America for hunting in the 1890s, and again in several phases during the first half of the 20th century. Though they began on hunting preserves, some wild boar escaped and mated with feral descendants of domesticated pigs. So the wild boar of today are usually a hybrid breed, with characteristics of both Eurasian boars and feral pigs. The USDA requires that the meat from these animals be labeled as “feral swine,” because the breed is indistinct. (Read more.)

1 comment:

julygirl said...

Ugh, but in times when there was nothing to eat but wild game....good protein!