Berkshire pigs are one of the oldest identifiable breeds. These black pigs, with white “points” (white areas on their feet, snout and tail) were documented in the English “shire of Berks” more than 350 years ago and made their way to the United States in the early 1800s. In 1875, breeders formed the American Berkshire Association, making it the first breeders group and swine registry in the world.
Known as “kurobuta” in Japan, the superior taste of Berkshire pork is as prized as Kobe beef. As its beef counterpart, Berkshire pork boasts beautiful marbling and superb moist meat texture. That is it has a greater proportion of lean meat, freely intermixed with small fine streaks of fat making hams, loins, and shoulders sweet, tender, and juicy that Gourmet chefs prize for.