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Wild Boar Meat Inpection and Nutrition
Wild boars are one of the few truly wild meats available under official USDA inspection. How does that come about? Well, wild boars are both an invasive species in the wild of the southern United States, and a delicious source of lean meat. Over the past 200 years of American history, European boars were introduced into the American East and Southeast for hunting purposes, and over the same time-frame domestic pigs have escaped into the wild. Breeding of the European boars with domestic pig stock have created a hyrbrid pig-boar that seems to have the best of both world's. Good size, adaptability, survivability in a wide range of climates and, of course, GREAT TASTE. Basically one ugly critter makes for very tasty wild boar meat!
These American Wild Boars are both a curse and a blessing. A curse to farmers who suffer sometimes servere losses to boar pack raiding damage. A family of boars can desemmate acres of corn a night. But that also means they have had a great diet ... just right for making meat! Enterprising individuals have been removing boars from farms for decades, eating or giving away the shot animals as fast as they could. Then someone realized they are just wild pigs. Live pigs are approved for USDA inspection.
So Wild Boar meat is derived from wild caught animals, one by one captured live in traps and pens. Since they are really just pigs, they are fed a consistant diet of alfalfa hay with corn for a couple of weeks then trucked to a USDA inspected meat plant that processes pork. Government inspection insures a consistant safe supply of wild boar meat ready for distribution to the public.
Wild boar is a great tasting lighter colored meat and is certainly nutritious albeit with more cholesterol than most. It possesses a bolder flavor than domestic pork and a darker color. Only young wild boars are processed for the meat cuts, and processed quickly to minimize stress and quality deterioration. Older wild boars go to ground meat for making wild boar burgers or wild boar sausage. All our leg and loin wild boar products are derived from younger wild boar meat animals. All are done under USDA inspection and are fully cryovac (vacuum-sealed) packaged and flash frozen to -20 degrees. Since the animals are wild, Grande Natural wild boar meat is raised with no harmful steroids, nor growth-promoting antibiotics and certainly no animal byproducts. It is game meat the best way possible! Truly WILD!
Good wild boar meat was hard to find in pasrt years. But no longer! Grande Natural is offering the best of young wild boar meat, available at our ranch store and via the internet at the net's most competitive prices. While the name “Boar Meat” may instill a negative connotation, don't dispare. Boar is a rapidly growing segment of the red meat protein market, and you need to discover its benefits .... taste and leanness.
While lower in most fats common to pork like the saturated fat, the calories and cholesterol are lower than traditional pork. It just might be the perfect meat for lean and taste. While certainly not as lean as elk, deer or any grass-fed beef or buffalo, it is definitely not as rich as lamb, yet retains a bold flavor reminiscent of years gone by domestic pork. Protein content is similar, but wild boar has some unique saturated fat and cholesterol characteristics. Less saturated fat and less cholesterol means a healthier pork-type meat for you. Additionally wild boar meat has good values in iron, zinc, and thiamine together with a moderate sodium than traditional meats here in the USA. Why not try wild boar meat?
Serving Size 4 ounces (113.4g)
Amount per Serving
|Calories 138||Calories from fat 34|
|% daily value|
|Total Fat 3.8 g||8.3%|
|Saturated Fat 1.12 g||4%|
|Polyunsaturated 0.54 g.|
|Monounsaturated 1.47 g.|
|Cholesterol 86 mg||29%|
|Total Carbohydrate 0 g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0 g||0%|
|Soluble Fiber 0 g.|
|Insoluble Fiber 0 g.|
|Sugars 0 g|
|Sugar Alcohols 0 g.|
|Other Carbohydrates 0 g.|
|Vitamin A 0%||Vitamin C 0%|
|Calcium 2%||Iron 7%|
|Vitamin E 0%||Thiamin 23%|
|Riboflavin 4%||Niacin 24%|
|Vitamin B6 <1%||Folate <1%|
|Vitamin B12 13%|
|Pantothenic Acid||Phosphorus 15%|
|Zinc 23%||Copper 3%|
|Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be bigger depending on your calorie needs|
|Calories per gram|
|Fat 0.3||Car 0||Protein 0.9|
NDB No: 17158 (Nutrient values and weights are for edible
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These charts are modified from "The Wild Diet" Outdoor Life, 8/02, by Kathy Etling.
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