Unusual pigs raised in Columbus Junction bring unmatched flavor

‘Once you try it, it's hard to go back to regular pork’


By Michaele Niehaus, Burlington Hawk Eye

via The Gazette (IA) - Sep. 10, 2021


COLUMBUS JUNCTION — At a homestead farm tucked off a gravel road in Louisa County, curly-haired descendants of Hungarian royalty root through soil and wallow in mud.


Acorn Bluff Farms, owned and operated by brothers Kenan and Seth Todd, has been home to the Mangalitsa pigs since 2016. The pigs are descended from Hungarian Mangalita, which were the preferred pig of the royal Habsburg family in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a constitutional monarchy and great power in Central Europe between 1867 and 1918.


The deeply flavored meat and high fat content produced from the pigs is unmatched, known as the Kobe beef of pork.


"You can't fully understand it until you taste it," Kenan Todd said as a pair of thick-cut Mangalitsa pork chops seasoned with a dash of cracked pepper and pink Himalayan salt cooked on a grill nearby. The tender meat is rich in flavor with hints of acorn and marbled with fat that melts on the tongue.


Kenan Todd offered a caution to those who try Mangalitsa pork, be it bacon, chops or other cuts: "Once you try it, it's hard to go back to regular pork."


Many of the 300 to 400 customers Acorn Bluff Farms has accrued over the years will attest to that.


Acorn Bluff Farms started with a text message from Seth Todd, an agronomist...