LATEST edition to the Slow Food International Ark of Taste is the Australian Wessex Saddleback. Many thanks go to Cherry Ripe and her team on the Australian Ark committee for her tireless work in getting this rare breed of pig accepted onto the Ark.
In the 1950 the British decided to combine the Essex and Wessex breeds into one. In the 1930′s a farmer in Queensland had imported some of this breed and they were found to be the only pure breed left of the Wessex Saddleback. The Ark draws attention to the plight of rare and endangered breeds and their importance to genetic diversity and gastronomy. For further information read Richard Cornish’s article in The Age and Elaine Reeves in The Mercury