The Sardinian wild boar is a beastly animal weighing between 110-200 pounds with a compact head and short legs. The colours range from chocolate, cream, black and spotted boar. Its fur is stiff and was once used as bristles for a toothbrush. The adult male boar develops tusks which continuously grow and has teeth that protrude from the mouth. They use these tusks in self-defense.
Hunting season for Sardinian wild boar opens in November and closes in January. More often than not during those months there are men dressed in bright orange wandering the mountains with shot-gun in hand, eagerly waiting to take home the evenings meal. During these three months of open hunting season, I can hear the echo of gunfire as a hunter shoots to kill.
The local butcher has a wild boar head proudly displayed on the wall and in the meat counter there is, of course wild boar for sale. Boar stew is popular among the Sardinians and a favorite meal in the winter months. It’s a meal I have tried once and will not try again. The meat is gamely and chewy, certainly not to this Canadian girls taste buds. To each their own, different strokes for different folks. I’d rather eat Nutella.
Do you like the gamely taste of boar?
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