Aesthetically , this pig has a dark gray color and brings a white belt around the waist ( hence the name of town ) ; love to live in the wild , feeding on acorns , roots of underbrush , grass , cereals and olives of which is particularly fond .
In the middle of the last century , however, many farmers began to abandon this Tuscan rustic pork , preferring the more lucrative "large white" and " pink american " , bringing the " Cinta Senese " the almost total extinction , two boars and a score of sows .
Today , thanks to the passion of a few tenacious breeders , race is saved even if the leaders do not exceed the total 4,000 units .
The meat comes with a beautiful deep red color , with abundant fat in which are concentrated aroma and flavor . Also on the palate , this ham confirms its singularity with a full taste , strong and very persistent , aromatic flavor with a really broad .