What's In a Name?
The other night looking at fancy restaurant menus online I noticed that wild boar is offered more than I had seen it before---seems to be getting trendy and it doesn't come cheap. Then just now on a yahoo news forum I read about a community that is plagued with "feral hogs" so a plan is afoot to kill some and get them processed as food for the homeless. Just curious, if anyone knows, is "wild boar" the same thing as "feral hog"?
Wild boar are quite small and covered in hair with little tusks. Assume feral hogs are another type of pig - bet they are still tasty.
I'm sure I've seen somewhere (farmers market ?) lamb being advertised as free range. Possibly tongue in cheek but possibly not.
Yes. Or close enough.
Personally, I love the idea of turning nuisance invasive species into edible delights. My other post about mis-named foods notwithstanding, it would be great to figure out a commercially viable way to get Burmese pythons, snakehead fish, zebra mussels, and much more onto restaurant menus.
If we're going to eat something into extinction, why not invasive species?
Wild boar, feral hog, razorback and Russian boar are all words to describe non-domesticated pigs. It is illegal, however, to sell truly wild game in American restaurants so the meat you are seeing on menus was likely raised on an enclosure and processed by FDA-inspected commercial butchers.
Part of the reason wild boar is so expensive is that it is considered an invasive species and states have enacted legislation to restrict hog farming in an attempt to eradicate the species. Other states, like mine, now also restrict hunting wild boar so the state can institute action plans to eradicate feral hogs from their borders.
Here's a quote from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension:
"Q. Can I sell the hogs that I trap off my property?
A.Yes. Many landowners chose to recoup some of their investment in equipment and time by selling some or all of the feral hogs they trap to “buying stations”. To find the buying station nearest you, consult your county Extension agent or contact the nearest Texas Animal Health Commission office.The price paid varies with the market, but usually the largest hogs are worth the most per pound. Buying stations then transport the feral hogs to one of several processing facilities found within the state. Each hog is inspected before processing and the various cuts can be found on restaurant menus in the U.S. as well as exported for consumption in Europe and Asia."