Animals in "Montanheira"

The Iberian Pig is createdin very particular conditions and it goes through a phase called "MONTANHEIRA" which is a period in which the animals are raised in the fields and whose main food are acorns that are in the fields. has a diet that consists of an extensive system of grazing fields and holm oaks. In this stage the animals feeds in total freedom for 18 to 24 months.

They cover one area of 2 to 3 hectares per day, on the search of acorns and pasture, eating 7 to 10 kg daily acorn and herbs, fatter about 1 kg per day. The "Montanheira" phase depends heavily onclimatic factors, but usually extends from the period of October to Marchc coinciding with the Acorn ripening period in holm and cork oaks.

Rich in oleic acid, the acorn is responsible for the fat that melts in your mouth and unmistakable aromas and flavors.