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Kurobuta Pork
While the term is Japanese for “black pig” and today’s gourmets call it the “Wagyu of pork,” the breed arose in an English county, where it got the name Berkshire. But whatever you call Kurobuta, this distinctly pink-hued and heavily marbled meat has been prized for centuries for its melt-in-your-mouth tenderness, juicy flavors and clean-tasting fat. Jet-black, save for white hooves and snout, the Berkshire is one of the world’s oldest pig breeds—and the first to record pedigrees. Berkshire pigs were originally a sandy-brown color until they were crossbred with a Chinese and Siamese breed in the 1700s. In the 19th century, a strain of Berkshire pig was imported to …
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