PANNONIAN WOOLLY PIGS


The woolly, or Mangalitza, pig has become re-established on the Pannonian Plain, which extends from lake Balaton in Hungary to lake Neusiedl. Introduced to Hungary from China around 1830, in the days of the Habsburg Empire it was kept as an especially fatty pig, and was mentioned in Austria for the first time in 1850. In Burgenland the woolly pig
 was outdoor reared and grazed on pasture until the 1950s.

Their wool protects the pigs from the cold and heat, so they can be kept outdoors all year round. The woolly pig’s flesh is somewhat darker and, according to award-winning chefs, has a superior flavour.


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