Acorn Tamworth Spallacia
Sweet and nutty, with a spectacular richness
Tamworth (heritage breed)
These hogs spend their last three 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
Shoulder with shoulder blade removed
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