“Cinta Senese” is a pig which, by its nature, can not be grown indoors in a stable, but is left free in the wild in fields and forests, where it can feed on anything it finds, from acorns to roots, tubers, truffles and grass, practically everything that the environment has to offer. Only in times of “lean” is given the natural food made from corn and barley. Tenuta Setteventi breeds and prepares local products Cinta Senese DOP.
ORIGIN, DIFFUSION AND ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS
It is a real breed with a long history. It originated in the Siena area precisely around Monteriggioni, Sovicille and Poggibonsi, where until few decades ago about 20.000 were bred, and the same number lived in the provinces nearby. It dates back to 1300 as it is seen in frescoes representing such pigs with a white belt like in present day Cinta pigs. These animals are rustic, excellent at grazing, with good motherly care and breast feeding. Males can reach over kg 150 at the age of one year and females kg 140. Remarkable fat deposit particularly on the back, this breed is free from any defects like PSS, PSE and sour meat. Particularly suitable to grazing, quite frugal.