Bigorre’s black pork and black ham now have the PDO label

Category : Regulation and certification watch

Published on 12/10/2017

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Bigorre’s black pork and black ham now enjoy the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) label. Both products were registered on 15 September in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Pigs raised for the manufacture of these products are born, fattened, and slaughtered in an area that includes the department of Hautes-Pyrénées, some municipalities just across the border in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, and part of the Gers and Haute-Garonne departments.

The black pig of Bigorre is raised on grass for at least one year. It is a Gascon breed that is perfectly adapted to the alternating wet and dry climate of Bigorre.

Toward the end, nearly half of its diet is made up of what it finds in nature. This ensures the pigs are engaged in regular physical activity and results in meat that is more red and marbled.

This diet based on wild plants is vital to the production of the antioxidant-rich Black ham of Bigorre. The manufacturing and finishing take at least 20 months, including 12 in a dryer that connects to the open air.

Figures (2016):

- 53 breeders

- 15,262 hams commercialized

- 8,086 pigs