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Berkshire Black Franks

FEATURED ITEM: Berkshire Black Franks

Berkshire Black Franks are made with only premium heritage pork from 100% Berkshire.

They are slowly smoked and fully cooked. Bite after bite these sausages are full of rich flavor. And serving them is simple – just boil in water, sizzle on the grill or warm in your oven or microwave and enjoy.

Here’s a little history of this incredible meat. The Berkshire hog breed dates back to the 1600’s. There’s a rumor that Sir Oliver Cromwell, who prized Berkshire hogs for their superior meat quality, discovered this breed. During this time, the Berkshire was described as a reddish or sandy colored pig.  Approximately 320 years ago, East Asian black pigs were imported to England where they were crossed with the Berkshire, producing the black coat and six distinct spots that we see today. The British Royal family has been dedicated to breeding Berkshire hogs and is known to have herds at their Windsor Castle estate.

Not long after the creation of these black Berkshire hogs, they were sent as a gift to modern day Okinawa. The people of Okinawa were so impressed by the quality of the Berkshire that they sent some north to Kyushu, now home to the world famous Kagoshima Kurobuta pork and Kobe beef brands. Within a century of its arrival, the Japanese acquired a preference to the robust, tender, juicy pork and created feeding and animal management techniques that brought out the best tasting pork ever.

Grill these franks at your next summer BBQ. And pair them with the new salads from Roche Bros. deli!