Acorn Tamworth Spallacia
Sweet and nutty, with a spectacular richness
Tamworth (heritage breed)
These hogs spend their last four months foraging an Ozark Mountain hillside where acorns and hickory nuts make up an estimated 65-70% of their diet. Before this, they were pasture-raised on the same farm. More info.
Russ Kremer, Osage County, Missouri
Shoulder or "Spallacia"
Pork, Sea Salt
Boneless or partially bone-in.
Slice thin and savor with sparkling wine
Something delicate that compliments, refreshes, and does not compete with the rich flavor of the Spallacia. A dry, crisp Prosecco, Cava, or minerally Champagne.
"Spain had better watch its back... When sliced into thin, delicate shavings, the [Acorn Tamworth] Spallacia is silky and sweet, collapsing immediately in the mouth thanks to a low melting point."
— Elyse Inamine,
"Who knows what magic lurks within an acorn? The magicians at Iowa’s La Quercia must, because they are spinning porcine gold out of acorn-fed Tamworth pigs. The Acorn Tamworth Spallacia is a rosy red, well-marbled, pork shoulder masterpiece. "
— Murray's Cheese
"Acorn Spallacia is the] best thing [I've] eaten in the past 2 years."
— Benjamin Wallach, Chefs Warehouse NYC
"One bite of Tamworth and you'll wonder how it ever fell out of favor. Its texture is succulent, soft. The meat looks just a little pinker than most and golden, luscious fat holds it all in place. The flavor is unmistakable and dominated by sweetness with hints of burnt sugar or caramel."
— Zingerman's Mail Order