About Iberico Pork & Encina Farms

Iberico is a special ancient (2000 years plus) breed of pig, originating in Spain (Iberian Peninsula). It is widely recognized as the best breed for fresh and cured meats.

The meat has more depth, color, and flavor than meat from a regular white pig due to its breed and the practices of raising and finishing. The breed has the ability to develop an excellent amount of intra-muscular fat, which gives it a finer marbling. It has a complex richness of flavor that is closer to beef, and can be even served in tartare or carpaccio form.

Authentic Iberico pork like ours is raised free range and fed on acorns in the later part of its life to ensure the fat is of great quality and has healthy qualities (acorns contain 70% oleic acid, similar to olives). This means the pork has the same healthy fat as olive oil. Iberico that is not acorn-fed has a different taste and fat profile.

We believe in free range and humane farming, and use no antibiotics or hormones. At about 10 months of age, each pig is released in the oak woodlands, where it has plenty of land to explore, eating grasses, herbs, nuts, mushrooms etc. and finishing on acorns. During the feeding season, each pig can consume acorns from as many as 40 oak trees and walk as much as 10 miles a day. Raising Iberico pigs preserves our California oak woodlands, too, and rejuvenates the land.

Until recently, the breed was only raised in Spain. A few years ago, the USDA approved the imports of live Iberico pigs into the U.S., but there are still very few growers raising them. Experience with the breed matters.

California has a similar landscape and weather to the Spanish Dehesa, including plenty of oak trees. The longer grass season and mild temperatures here make it an ideal environment for Iberico. And, because our product goes directly from our farm to you without importing, we’re able to provide faster, better service to our customers.

We are importing it from a prestigious producer currently, while we are developing relationships with domestic charcutiers to cure our meats.

Shipping & Delivery

We ship throughout the 48 contiguous states in the USA, to any address that UPS can deliver.

We will only allow a package of perishable product to be in transit for three consecutive days.  Keep in mind that we are shipping from our distribution center in San Francisco, CA.

All rates are determined by UPS, plus an additional fee for handling & packaging dry ice.

If your order cannot be received within 3 days using ground shipping, our website will not allow you to choose ground as the shipping option. If you are given the option for ground, it will get there within 3 days of shipping.  If you are not given the ground option, you must use express service. Express service charges are based on weight and distance. If you have any concerns regarding shipping, please contact our office for additional details.

Shipping rates can vary depending on your region and are calculated at checkout. We ship throughout the 48 contiguous states in the USA, to any address that UPS can deliver.

All rates are determined by UPS, plus an additional fee for handling & packaging dry ice.

Here are the full details of our Shipping Policy.

No, unfortunately we do not ship internationally, as we cannot ensure the saftey of the meat upon arrival due to the perishiability of the meats.

Returns & Refunds

Once meat leaves our farm, we are not able to accept returns. When dealing with a perishable product, ensuring that the cold chain was never broken is required. When it leaves our hands, we are unable to guarantee that the product is safe for resale, which is why we cannot accept returns nor refunds once the product has been shipped.

For more details, see the Orders & Shipping section of our FAQ section

We ship throughout the 48 contiguous states, to any address that UPS can deliver.

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