August Protein of the Month: Free Range Wild Boar

Marty’s Meals sustainably sources wild boar from the southwest United States for our raw and gently cooked recipes. Unlike the domestic pig, wild boar are not prone to illness or disease, running free in a natural environment. Wild boar meat is similar to pork, but there are a few differences worth noting. As a game meat, wild boar meat is leaner and tends to be darker red than ordinary pork. Wild boar meat has an intense, sweet and nutty flavor, due in part to its wild diet of grasses and nuts and forage.

Wild boar is a good source of Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Zinc and Selenium. It is also a very good source of protein and low in sodium. While containing moderate levels of Omega 3 fatty acids and considered to be a healthy alternative to fish oil, wild boar is leaner, higher in protein with less fat and calories than domestically raised pork.

Wild boar live a truly free-range lifestyle in the United States today. Texas is a state that is overrun with wild boar. There is a program to cut their numbers, which includes hunting and trapping. The humane trapping option involves large cages that trap but do not harm the wild boar. They are then taken to a USDA inspected slaughter house, where they are processed as domesticated hogs would be. Our source, D’Artagnan, partners with experienced trappers in Texas to provide the best wild boar meat on the hoof.

From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Boar is considered a “cooling” meat. Cooling foods help to bring down inflammation throughout the body. Cooling meats can be advisable to feed with dogs showing signs of arthritis, allergies, skin conditions, cancer or any other inflammatory situations.