About Berkshire Pork
Berkshire is a unique breed that is very different from other breeds in terms of meat characteristics and quality. Berkshire pork is often compared to Kobe beef, and some refer to it as the “other red meat.” The Japanese have long recognized the value of Berkshire pork and they call it “Kurobuta” which means “black pig.” In Japan, the meat is highly prized and sought after and sells for a premium.
What do the Japanese consumers already know about Berkshire quality that American consumers are just rediscovering? In a word, taste. Berkshires marble well so the meat is naturally juicy and flavorful with exceptional texture.
In fact, in tests for sensory qualities (or eating characteristics) performed by the National Pork Producers Association, Berkshires are the hands-down winners, coming in first overall and ranking above all the other breeds in 19 of the 24 tests NPPA performs in its assessment.