Origins

At the end of the nineties there were very few heads of black Aspromonte pork. This species had been in the previous centuries at the center of the family economy of the area of Aspromonte, in Calabria and seemed destined for extinction. Its weight growth was slow and had been replaced by pink pigs that, with fast growth and indoor breeding, guaranteed greater economic returns absolutely essential.

The turning point came in 1995: Monsignor Giancarlo Maria Bregantini, bishop of Locri Gerace, as part of a wide-ranging project of territorial, cultural and above all social importance, founded the Cooperativa Valle del Bonamico together with a group of young shepherds from Platì and San Luca. In addition to the cultivation of small fruits, the cooperative dedicated itself to the breeding of the Aspromonte pig, thus starting its definitive recovery.

Today the old black pig grazes in the wild in its original habitat, the Aspromonte, where the nature of the woods is impervious, very often pristine or even virgin. It feeds freely on acorns, chestnuts, roots, tubers, mushrooms and other fruits of the undergrowth.

Its primordial morphology has remained unchanged to testify to the purity of the species: strong, rustic, powerful, with two appendages hanging under the throat and, in the male specimen, a mane, characteristics that make it distinguishable among all black Calabrian pigs and that are found in the scents and flavors of hams and meats of Antico Nero d’Aspromonte ®.

One of the Aspromonte black pig used in 1995 for the recovery of the species.