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Mangalitsa pig?

Pius Avocado III Jun 8, 2011 09:43 AM

An article in today's Sacramento Bee has me dying to find mangalitsa pig:


According to the article, the hogs are bred in Hungary and the Balkans for their lard. "The fat cap on the Mangalitsa is almost comical."

I am totally, utterly sold.

Those raised on the Suisun Valley Farm are finished on acorns seasonally.


Before I go to Corti Bros. in Sacramento, has anyone seen this breed in the Bay Area?

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: Pius Avocado III Jun 8, 2011 10:07 AM

    I've seen it occasionally. There's a 415 contact on this page:


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      Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 8, 2011 10:44 AM

      I have emailed and/or called Tom Canady 2 or 3 times in the last year and never gotten a reply back. Hope others have better luck getting a response from him.

      I have another contact for mangalitsa, let me ping her and see what's up.

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      Spatlese RE: Pius Avocado III Jun 8, 2011 10:11 AM

      If my memory isn't totally faulty, the guys at the butcher counter in the rear of Star Grocery in Berkeley once told me awhile back that they were getting a Mangalitsa pig delivered, but that was some time ago - might've even been when Baron's Meats was still running that counter.

      1. wolfe RE: Pius Avocado III Jun 8, 2011 01:07 PM

        From last year in the expensive ham discussion.
        "New contender Mangalica from woolly-haired Mangalitsa pigs. Hams from the pigs are being cured near Segovia Spain The slices, streaked with mellow fat, are rich, salty and sweet, similar in color and flavor to Iberico ham from Pata Negra pigs, but more buttery. Imported by D'artagnan at $550 for 15lb bone in and $500 for 7lb boned."

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          nocharge RE: Pius Avocado III Jun 8, 2011 02:43 PM

          Had a dandelion and cherry salad that came with mangalitsa lard at Perbacco a few days ago so, clearly, there must be a supplier somewhere. Maybe you could ask Staffan where he gets it.

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            TomCanaday RE: Pius Avocado III Jun 8, 2011 04:08 PM

            Yes, Mangalitsa produced by Heath Putnam Farms (a.k.a. Wooly Pigs) is available in retail cuts and quantities directly from Wooly Pigs through me. I can be reached at 415.648.4762 or tomcanaday@yahoo.com.

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              starmeatsllc RE: Pius Avocado III Jun 16, 2011 07:42 PM

              Star Meats will be receiving one whole Mangalitsa next Saturday (6/25). Come down and watch us cut it up at 2pm if you'd like. We'll only be getting one so call ahead to pre-order cuts 510-652-7712. Doesn't look like we'll be able to get another till the fall, so get it while the gettin's good.
              Star Meats
              3068 Claremont Ave
              Berkeley, CA 94705

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                zakurie RE: Pius Avocado III Jun 20, 2011 04:27 PM

                I've purchased Boston Butts from Tom (Heath Putnam Farms) on a few occasions and had a great experience with one exception. The meat is wonderful, and if prepared well, is incredibly tender. The pork is dark and has almost a wild boar flavor. One time though, Tom sold me a large shoulder that wasn't the best quality.

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