Earlier this year, the Swedish government earmarked 51 million kronor to its work on how to manage the country's wild boar (vildsvin) population next year. In part because the wild boars have gotten so numerous that they now threaten farms and sometimes get in the way of cars. In Blekinge County, wild boar attacked hunters twice this season.
Unfortunately for the wild boar, their meat is delicious. It's quite lean, and as it's a gamey version of pork it has a distinct flavour. Being more than edible, the wild boars thus offer eco-conscious Swedes who don't want to give up meat, but may have ethical concerns about the industrial meat industry, a bit of a golden opportunity. Filling their bellies while helping Swedish hunters get to grips with the swollen boar population.
For many Swedes, the notion of eating wild boar might bring to mind the popular Belgian comics about Asterix and Obelix, but the cooking website ViltMat.nu, which specializes in cooking game, shows that eating boar can put a new twist on old Swedish recipes, but why not add strips to a Cesar salad? The site has an entire subsection dedicated to wild boar meat.
From ragu, chilli, sausages and spare ribs, the list is exhaustive and there is even a suggestion to replace the Christmas ham with a Christmas boar.
Getting your hands on it doesn't need to be difficult. ViltMat.nu, which is part of the Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management (Svenska Jägareförbundet), suggests ordering game from your local supermarket, who will in many cases have the meat with you within just a few days, but also point out you can now order meat straight from the producers, and include a smattering of companies to chose from.
If you want to shoot your own boar, however, it could be time to get a hunting license. For more information, in English, here.