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Old 12-17-2010, 12:56 PM
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Default Swine breed with the best flavor

I have been reading some about the flavor of the pork various breeds. I found that a number of people prefer the flavor of the mule foot pig because of its marbling. I was wondering if anyone here has an opinion regarding pork flavor and swine breed.
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I think flavour will depend on what the pig has been eating, corn, barley, oats, etc. I've heard pigs finished on apples will tend to be sweeter. Will also make a difference if they are allowed a lot of space outdoors to move around and graze/root. I'm not convinced there is a real big difference in flavour amongst the different breeds - but would be interested in what other folks have to contribute.
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I don't know as much about hogs as cattle but in cattle you can sure tell a difference between (some) breeds.

We are looking into getting Tamworth pigs to put on pasture.
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We're looking at the Large Blacks for several reasons, but the meat quality and flavor is supposed to be really good. Generally though, most of the heritage breeds seem to rate high for meat taste and quality. I agree with Karen though, I believe that with a few exceptions, diet will affect flavor at least as much as breed.
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Heritage breeds are the best and some very expensive restaurants will only buy them to serve. The Berkshire is suppose to have the best taste.
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Thanks for the info.
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Default feed and pork flavor

It was mentioned in this thread that what the pigs eat (KarenBC mentioned apples) will influence the flavor of the pork. I was planning on planting some fruit trees (apples, cherries, pears, plums, etc.) and allowing the pigs into the orchard to clean up the fallen fruit. I know the seeds of these trees are poisonous to humans but how do they affect pigs? Is it something that should be done in moderation?
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It was mentioned in this thread that what the pigs eat (KarenBC mentioned apples) will influence the flavor of the pork. I was planning on planting some fruit trees (apples, cherries, pears, plums, etc.) and allowing the pigs into the orchard to clean up the fallen fruit. I know the seeds of these trees are poisonous to humans but how do they affect pigs? Is it something that should be done in moderation?
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I looked into that a few years ago. IMO, it's much ado about nothing. Most fruit seeds (apple, apricot, etc) do contain a certain amount of a compound that, when digested, releases cyanide. However, it's such a small amount that you'd have to eat a LOT of them to do any damage. So, unless you're only talking about 1 or 2 pigs and BUSHELS of fruit, I wouldn't worry about it. Even then, if the seed casing isn't crushed, the flesh inside the won't be digested and the whole thing will just pass through with no harm done. Pigs aren't likely to chew their food that thoroughly.

If you still have concerns, you could collect the fruit and feed it to the pigs in a controlled fashion, but I suspect that'd defeat the purpose of what you're wanting to accomplish.
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