I came across an Italian producer who uses Mangalitsa to make what I consider to be real traditional products. The picture of it is shown above. If I was to eat pancetta, that's the pancetta I want to eat.
Pancetta is made from the pig's belly. As Mangalitsa belly is almost entirely fat, the Mangalitsa pancetta is essentially a solid block of fat. Anyone who has seen typical pancetta made from modern meat-type hog bellies will notice the difference in lean percentage:
When one considers that today's readily available "artisanal" products taste so flavorless and unsatisfying compared to what our ancestors ate, I think it is better that people don't know what they are missing out on. If your only coffee is Folgers, better that you don't know it is just a pale shadow of the real thing.
This issue - Mangalitsa bacon versus normal bacon - has particular relevance to me right now. In a month or so when it turns cold we'll kill our Fall Mangalitsa. These are the first Mangalitsa I'd even think of curing and turning into things like bacon - as they are finally over 9 months old.
Yet if I get them processed into bacon, the bacon will look like solid fat. I have no desire to show people Mangalitsa bacon and have them say "uggggh!" or "do you have some that's more meaty?" It would be hard to be polite.
Right now I'm leaning to selling the bellies fresh - let people make their own bacon, if that's what they want to do.