5 Things You Need to Know About Jamón

It is an undoubted fact in Spain that one of the most treasured delicacies is the Jamón. More so the most exquisite type, Jamón Ibérico. Just by talking about it will make you crave for this quintessential food.

1. This type of Jamón is healthy.

So healthy that only olive oil ranks higher when it comes to oleic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid known to lower bad cholesterol) content, having said so gains a nickname: olive tree with legs.

2. Pure Ibérico pigs are raised free-range.

These pigs are raised in hectares of open land, free to live, sleet, and graze as much acorn as they could eat.

3. These pigs also get extensive exercise.

Walking up to 14 kilometers daily to graze acorns, these pigs actually have pretty lean legs despite their fat bodies. This extensive exercise causes the pork fat to permeate in the muscles or the meat, which leads to a deliciously beautiful light marbling.

4. Melts-in-your-mouth goodness.

The exterior fat of the Jamón Ibérico melts with the slightest pressure from your fingers. The human body heat dissolves the healthy fats and as you cut into the leg, the marbled meat emerges, and the thin slice of ham (never longer than 3 or 4cm) instantly melts in your mouth.

5. There are 4 grades of Jamón Iberico.

Categorized primarily by their diet

  • Jamón Ibérico de Bellota – The pigs are fed on a diet of acorns, and granted DO Status and the Jamón produced are aged at least 3 years.
  • Jamón Ibérico de Recebo The pigs’ diet compose of acorns and cereals and the Jamón produced are aged at least 3 years as well
  • Jamón Ibérico de Campo ­– The pigs are fed only on a diet of cereals
  • Jamón Ibérico de Cebo The only type of Jamón produced by pigs not raised on free-range.




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