Cinta Senese D.O.P.
The Cinta Senese D.O.P., is an ancient black pig breed, rustic, indigenous to Siena and the Province, for this very reason suitable for breeding in the wild. Its origins date back to the time of the ancient Romans, but the first sure attestations date back to the early Middle Ages, when in 1338 it appears in the fresco by Ambrogio Lorenzetti with the name Allegory and Effects of Good and Bad Government, in the box The Well Governed Countryside , still preserved today in the Palazzo Comunale of Siena. Because it is a not very prolific breed, in the sixties of the twentieth century, it was almost abandoned in favor of the foreign white breeds, today highly valued for its succulent meat. The breeding and processing regulations are guaranteed by the Consortium for the Protection of the Cinta Senese D.O.P.