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."
Missouri is under attack by feral hogs. Some are left overs from the days when farmers let hogs range and rounded them up in the fall for butchering/sale, and some are actual European wild boars that were released or escaped from hunting preserves.
They are destructive and dangerous, and, in Missouri, hunters are encouraged to shoot all they see. Big boars (males) are left to rot in the woods. Their meat is unfit to eat because it is rank and smelly. Young ones are quite tasty, I hear.
They are a scourge, eating fawns and turkey eggs and anything else they can find. They root in creeks and pastures, making big mudholes. They are quite capable of injuring or killing dogs. And they spread disease to domestic animals.
Hogs are very intelligent and don't really have home ranges, which makes them hard to hunt or trap.
On another forum there was a thread from Texas about Feral Hog transformed into Easter dinner. He looked quite tasty after he was turned into ribs.....
Apparently the hogs are a problem & there are licenses to shoot them.