The Iberian Ham is one of the major products of the Spanish gastronomy. His production is handcrafted. The master of the ham takes care of every ham individually. Each animal must have certificate at least 50% of Iberian breed in order that the product could be called a “Iberian ham”.
This breed is characterized for living at liberty in the pastures, where the animals are in continuous movement and they are fed with acorns during the period of “montanera”.
The Iberian ham is distinguished from others for his smell, texture, and his unmistakable flavor. The flavor os the ham changes depending on the quantity of acorn that it has been eaten by each animal.
Types of Iberian ham:
- Iberian Ham of Acorn: It comes from Iberian porks raised at liberty in the pasture. These animals feed of wild fruits and acorns during the period called “montanera”.
- Iberian Ham of Natural Range feed: It comes from Iberian porks raised at liberty in the pasture. These animals are fed by herbs and fodder.
- Iberian Ham fed on fodder: It comes from Iberian porks fed in barley dealers, with cereal and leguminous feed.