Nicolosi Fine Foods was the first to introduce Berkshire Pork to the Metropolitan area.
n the early 90’s, as a result of the “other white meat campaign” pork was competing with chicken to become more lean. Unfortunately, less fat in pork makes it devoid of flavor, texture and nutritional value.
Over the following years into the new millennium nutrition education became more widespread and consumers were becoming more wary of what they were serving at the dinner table. This inspired Rob Nicolosi to start looking for something new to offer his clients. After much research and many calls he finally found something that excited him, the Berkshire Hog. The meat from this particular breed was flavorful, clean and nutritious.
Berkshire Black™ is our guarantee that the pork you bring home is 100% certified Heritage Berkshire breed, gluten free and raised slowly, lovingly and locally. The quaint family farms that raise our Berkshire pork follow a supervised strict code of responsible and humane husbandry. The pigs roam freely and are fed an all vegan diet of corn and soy, without steroids and growth hormones so that we can ensure your complete satisfaction.
Berkshire Black™ has enabled us to stay ahead in a competitive market, and continue to embrace our core values as a traditional family owned and operated business, while helping local farmers that share this philosophy. We take great pride in our product, the farms that produce it and in our skilled butchers’ artisanal craftsmanship.
Nicolosi Foods is proud to offer naturally delicious Berkshire Black Gourmet Pork.
Simply put, it is the World’s Best Tasting Pork.
…Take it from us, we know good meat!
What is Berkshire Pork?
Berkshire pork is a rare heritage breed highly prized on par with Kobe or Wagyu beef. Also known by the Japanese as “Kurobota” meaning “black hog”. This niche pork has certain characteristics preferred and valued by consumers that seek uncompromising quality. Berkshire pork is distinguished for its beautifully dark color, tenderness, marbling and rich flavor which sets it apart from all other breeds. The Japanese have prized this breed for many years and have paid US farmers a premium for raising these hogs for their markets.
Here at Nicolosi Foods we like to refer to it as “the other red meat”.
Pork Quality Scales
Quick Facts About Our Berkshire Pork
- 100% Purebred Berkshire Pork
- Internationally Recognized as “Kurobuta” or “Black Pig”
- Locally and Lovingly Raised by Excellent Caretakers.
- Fed a Strict Vegan Diet of Corn and Soy
- Raised without Antibiotics
- Steroid Free
pH Score : 6-7
Relates to low cooking loss, better water holding capacity and high degree of tenderness.
Coloring Score : 5-6
Darker pork is consistently preferred by consumers.
Fat Content: 7-10
High scores for intramuscular fat percentage, tenderness and juiciness.
What is ABF?
This is a desirable attribute amongst consumers because it tells them the animals raised for the meat they are going to purchase have never come into contact with antibiotics.
Antibiotics kill weak bacteria quite efficiently but as a result, create a breeding ground for stronger drug resistant bacterial strains. Resistant bacteria is much harder to treat and usually requires very strong medication to eliminate.
Antibiotics are misused to increase an animal’s growth process and as a substitution for healthy living conditions. Consuming meat from animals over exposed to antibiotics can prove harmful because of the potential of that animal carrying antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Our products here at Nicolosi foods have minimal or no exposure to antibiotics.
Berkshire Black ™ hogs are raised without antibiotics. However, if the heritage hogs do become ill, they are removed from the other hogs and mildly treated, to return after they are well and all antibiotics have naturally expelled from their systems.