How does a boar taste

How does boar meat taste?

Results of a tasting of meat samples from a feeding experiment with young boars

A special aspect of the fattening of young boars is the typical and undesirable sexual odor in the carcass. This is caused by numerous substances, especially the sex hormone androstenone and skatole, a substance that is produced when the amino acid tryptophan is broken down in the large intestine.
Meat consumers can be very sensitive when they are offered boar meat. How sensitive consumers can be to boar meat should be demonstrated by a boar meat tasting in which numerous employees of the teaching, testing and specialist center for pig farming in Schwarzenau took part.

Implementation of the meat tasting

After a feeding experiment with young boars, neutered animals and female animals, on the first slaughter date after the olfactory test, a section was removed from the belly of a boar and a neutered boar and was frozen until it was tasted. The boar's carcass could be marketed. A piece of abdominal meat from a female animal not being tested was used as a control sample.
For tasting, the three meat samples were heated with a plate contact grill outside the test room. The meat samples were served in the following order: female before castrate before boar. The test subjects were not aware of the order.
The subjects were asked to indicate their gender and age. 10 women and 18 men between the ages of 14 and 62 took part in the tasting.
The meat samples were assessed according to the following scheme:
PointsodorTaste / aromajuicinessdelicacyOverall impression
6very pleasantexcellentvery juicyvery tenderexcellent
5enjoyablevery goodjuicytendervery good
4something pleasantWellsomething juicysomething tenderWell
3a little badsatisfyingsomewhat drya bit toughsatisfying
1very badlittle sufficientvery dryvery toughunsatisfactory
With regard to the characteristic odor, the meat samples were always classified in the order female animal before neuter before boar. On average the boar meat received 2.8, the castrato meat 4.0 and the meat from the female animal 4.8 points. With an average of 2.9 and 2.7 points, the ratings of men and women were not far apart for boar meat. In the case of castrati meat, the full spectrum from “very pleasant” to “very bad” was used in terms of smell. When it comes to boar meat, too, opinions differed widely between “pleasant” and “very bad”.

With regard to the criteria of taste and aroma, the meat samples were also classified in the order of female animal before castrate before boar. On average the boar meat received 3.1, the castrato meat 3.8 and the meat from the female animal 4.4 points. Women and younger test persons rated these characteristics of boar meat somewhat worse than men and older test persons.

When it comes to juiciness and tenderness, the boar meat gave the "red lantern". On average, it landed in second place after the castrato meat and in front of the meat of the female animal. In terms of juiciness, boar meat received 3.8 points from all participants, castrato meat 4.5 points and meat from female animals received 3.7 points.
When it comes to tenderness, the boar meat was even at the top of the list among older test persons. On average for all participants, it landed in second place with 3.9 points after the meat of the neutered animal with 4.1 and before that of the female animal with 3.4 points.

When evaluating the overall impression, the evaluation of the odor naturally also comes through. Here the boar meat samples landed in 3rd place in all test subject groups. On average, boar meat was rated 3.1, castrato meat 4.0 and female meat 4.3 points. Women and younger test persons rated this parameter for boar meat worse than men and older test persons.
The test subjects were also asked which piece they would prefer at the meat counter. The women preferred 60 percent the meat of the neutered animal and 40 percent that of the female animal. It was the other way around for the male test subjects. 61 percent preferred the meat of the female animal and only 28 percent that of the neutered animal. After all, 11 percent of the men voted for boar meat.
Overall, 54 percent of the participants would have taken the meat of the female animal and 39 percent the “castrato meat” when shopping. Only seven percent, exclusively men over 40 years of age, would have used boar meat.
With the exception of the parameters juiciness and tenderness, the meat of the female animal came out on top. In second and third place came the meat of the castrato and that of the boar. The castrato scored points with its tenderness and juiciness. Boar meat was “punished” for the criteria of smell, taste and aroma and for the overall impression. It scored points in terms of juiciness and tenderness. All participating women and most of the men would leave the boar meat tested at the shop counter.