Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mangalitsa in Hungary, Weston A Price Foundation

On a Hungarian website, a Mangalitsa is the honored guest at a pig-killing.

Whenever I see them just after the removal of the guts, I'm surprised that the tiny feet (a distinguishing feature of Mangalitsas) have managed to support all that fat. Fat hams, fat bellies and ridiculous amounts of leaf lard.

Lately, I've noticed that many customers of mention the Weston A. Price Foundation, as they explain:

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price's research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators
found exclusively in animal fats.

I think the Mangalitsa should be their poster-pig. I don't think there's any animal out there that can fatten so efficiently, producing such light and tasty fat as a Mangalitsa.

They've got a number of articles that would naturally make someone want to raise Mangalitsas - just for their fat:

Put Lard Back in Your Larder

Sad Changes in the Standard American Diet

The Rise and Fall of Crisco

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