The origin of the
Black Pig from Calabria is uncertain. There are two different hypotheses at
present: according to one it would come from the Iberian stock, while the other
from the Roman one. Once it used to be present in vast areas of Calabria and
distinguished into several local varieties, like Reggitana, Cosentino,
Orielese, Lagonegrese, Catanzarese, Casalinga and others.
All these animals had the common characteristic of a good unfat meat ideal to
the sausage production, typical of that area.
The present day
consistency is very limited: the real typical examples, or those that resemble
the original type, are very few. They give lean cuts, ham and shoulders have
quite good size.
with not entirely developed muscles but a solid bone structure.
The limbs are not too long. The frontal nose profile is straight with
medium-large leaning ears, which they bear forward. The main colour is black
but sometimes some examples are spotted or have white socks.
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