What Do The French Laundry, The Herbfarm, and Pasture Prime Have in Common?
Two of the most renowned restaurants in the States serve Mangalitsa pork, a superb juicy meat with phenomenal flavor. Mangalitsa pork is like no other. Pasture Prime raises an expanding herd of pasture raised Mangalitsas on our farm. They spend a good portion of their day foraging out in the open air amongst shady oak and hickory trees.
You don’t have to be an exclusive chef or work at a Michelin Guide-rated restaurant to enjoy a heritage breed of grass-fed pork. At Pasture Prime, our family proudly offers mail-order Mangalitsa pork. Click here to see our free-range pork selection.
Mangalitsas, Hungarian Royalty, and Wooly Pigs
These Mangalitsas have been imported from Europe, where the breed has been famous since its creation in 1833 by the Hungarian Royal Archduke Jozef. Our initial stock was the Swallow Bellied variety of Mangalitsa. However, we have recently added the Blonde Variety to our breeding stock which were prized in Austria. This helps us to keep good genetic diversity for the long term health within our herd.
How Can Mangalitsa Pasture Raised Pork Taste So Different from More Conventional Pork Breeds?
Mangalitsa pigs are a classified “lard-type” breed. However, Mangalitsa pigs actually have more unsaturated fat (versus high levels of saturated fat) than conventionally bred pigs (classified as “meat-type pigs”). When cooked, Mangalitsa pork is exceptionally, juicy, tender, and marbled. Chefs rave about the meat and lard’s versatility—the lard can be whipped, and chefs don’t need to dress up the meat’s flavor with excess salt or spices. When cured, Mangalitsa meat makes unsurpassed hams, charcuterie, and salamis, due to the high monounsaturated fat content (versus high polyunsaturated fat in commercially produced pork).
Free Range Mangalitsa Pigs: The Pasture Prime Difference
True to our sustainable farm philosophy, we raise our Mangalitsa pigs on an all-natural diet. They’re free to roam in 20 acres of woods where they are able to find hickory nuts, roots, berries, insects and other tasty morsels. Of course, they’re never injected with hormones or antibiotics or fed anything but all-natural feeds. You benefit from pork that has a healthier blend of fats, higher levels of oleic acids, and a product untainted by artificial additives.