The Black Pig from Aspromonte

The black pig in wild pasture in Calabria.

The Aspromonte black pig is the native pig of the southern Apennines in Calabria.

At the end of the 1990s, there were very few nomadic heads of the black Aspromonte pig and the species seemed destined for extinction.

The turning point came in 1995: Monsignor Bregantini, Bishop of Locri-Gerace, founded the Valle del Bonamico Cooperative together with a group of young shepherds from Platì and San Luca, and thus began the definitive recovery of the breed.

Today, the ancient black pig grazes wild in its original habitat, Aspromonte, where the woods are impervious, uncontaminated and virgin.

Its primordial morphology has remained unchanged, testifying to the purity of the species: strong, rustic, powerful, with two pendulous appendages under the throat and, in the male, a mane.

It feeds freely on acorns, chestnuts, roots, tubers, mushrooms and other fruits of the undergrowth.

All these characteristics make it different from other Calabrian black pigs and can be found in the aromas and flavours of our hams and salamis.

Historical photo of one of the Aspromonte black pigs, used to recover the breed in 1995.