The Dordogne is internationally famous as the home of the Perigord black truffle, one of France’s most distinctive delicacies. A new association of farmers has decided to add to the region’s culinary talents by establishing a quality brand of pork.
‘Pork Perigord’ aims to create a pipeline of consumer foodstuffs from local hog producers in the Dordogne department. Its first product went on sale in Dordogne supermarkets last summer and more are expected in the next few weeks. Speaking to Sud-Ouest.com, group president Jean Francois Renaud said that the Black Perigord Ham would be bolstered by pork products such as salamis, sausages or ‘coppa’ – a dry-cured cold cut from Corsica.
In the future, the association hopes to offer more products such as black pudding or enchaud, which will probably be unfamiliar to visitors from the UK. This is a favourite dish of the Dordogne-perigord; a slow-cooked pork tenderloin that can be served hot or cold. flavoured with oil from the perigord truffles.
“It’s a true partnership between producers and processors” says Jean Francois Renaud. He says that the association allows the region the opportunity to improve and to give the producers recognition for their work in an increasingly tough market.