When trimmed of visible fat, New Zealand pork is incredibly lean

It’s easy to see why many people have the misconception that pork is a fatty meat when you think of a pork roast with a thick layer of crackling or juicy pork belly. However, most cuts of pork are quite lean if you cut the external fat off them.

The fat in pork is found under the skin, rather than throughout the muscle so it’s very easy to remove.  Once that outer layer of fat is trimmed off, then pork is a lean meat - there is not much fat elsewhere.

Not all cuts are equal

Cuts of New Zealand pork with the fat still on, such as pork belly, have a higher fat content, however many cuts are lean.