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Polish vs. Chinese cuisine. It's all about a pig.


David_18 68 | 982    
24 Oct 2010  #1
It's not about the difference between the Polish and Chinese cuisine. It's about a pig...

Im deadly serious!

The Poland China is a breed of domestic pig. Poland Chinas rank highest in U.S. pork production.

Could someone please explain to me why this pig is named after two countries that doesn't have ANYTHING in common?

I find this kinda hilarious xD
convex 20 | 3,980    
24 Oct 2010  #2
Could someone please explain to me why this pig is named after two countries that doesn't have ANYTHING in common?

Dunno, a shared love of pork :)

The story gets a bit more interesting...

cpsswine.com/poland/polands.htm

The Poland China Record Association is based in Illinois, isn't that the westernmost Polish voivodship?

From the site:

In the year 1816, the Shaker Society, through their trustee, John Wallace, secured one boar and three sows from a firm in Philadelphia. These were known as Big China hogs. The boar and two sows were white, while the third sow had sandy to black spots. Historians believe they were the same hogs that were so popular about this time in the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

China bit is explained...the Poland bit is still a mystery.
OP David_18 68 | 982    
24 Oct 2010  #3
Dunno, both countries enjoy pork? ...alot? :)

They started to bred this pig in 1816. Don't know if Poland was famous at that time for its taste for pigs. Must have been something else! Could it have something to do with the solidarity the world felt for Poland after it's partition a couple of years earlier? But then it would have been named just "Poland"

But why Poland China?
PlasticPole 7 | 2,662    
24 Oct 2010  #4
Oh...a china pig is a glass pig. Maybe this pig looks like a glass pig made in Poland, where they make a lot of china? That's why this pig is the hallowed Poland China Pig?

It's an old breed of swine first bred in the Ohio Valley, USA. Guess someone thought it looked like their China Pig that was made in Poland and imported over here, so it got the name Poland China. China in this case most likely refers to glassware, not the country :)
trener zolwia 1 | 940    
24 Oct 2010  #5
John Wallace, secured one boar and three sows from a firm in Philadelphia.

So a Scot brought the China Poland pig from Philly! :p

China in this case most likely refers to glassware, not the country

I suspect this is right.
ShortHairThug - | 1,103    
24 Oct 2010  #6
There you go, mystery solved but you have to know Polish to find out.

Polsko-chińska (Poland-China) - rasy świń.
notatki.e-klasa.info/page/230/?s

P.S Strange question, are you people really that bored? Where the fuk do you dig up those trivia gems anyway?
1jola 14 | 1,880    
24 Oct 2010  #7
This has bothered me for the longest time: The Spotted Poland-China. Now I know that it is a cross between a Poland-China and a Gloucester Old Spots. Big thanks, Thug. This must be that globalization thing I heard about from my friend. And his dad is in PO, so he knows.


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