Six Point Berkshire Pork
Once found only in restaurants, Kowalski's is excited to bring a new choice in gourmet pork to our customers with our 100% Berkshire pork. With refined breeding and natural production methods, Berkshire (also known as Kurobuta) is to pork what Wagyu is to beef: meat with a higher standard for flavor, enjoyed as a true delicacy. It has been consistently prized by chefs who rave about its rare, characteristic marbling, which produces superb moisture; richer, deeper color; and unsurpassed tenderness and flavor.
With a history hundreds of years old, the Berkshire pig is a rare breed that originated in the English county by the same name. The beautifully pink-hued meat is juicier than traditional pork products and, because of its higher fat content, it gives home cooks a little more wiggle room when it comes to higher cooking temperatures and longer cooking times.
The dozens of family-owned farms that make up our Berkshire producers' cooperative are located in Southwest Minnesota. The 100% purebred stock are allowed to roam freely, spending as much time outside as weather and temperament permit. Through a USDA Process Verified Program for quality management, these producers are able to trace individual pigs and pork products to co-op member farms. Such process means claims related to the livestock (including age, source and location from birth to harvest), feeding practices, raising protocols and processing details are certifiable.
Humane craft processing is an important part of the Berkshire story, too, ensuring livestock experience a safer, calmer more humane environment than is found elsewhere in the industry. Equally important to ensuring quality of pork product, are small batch processing and hand-cutting of portions.