- Country of Origin: Spain
- Region: Alto Adige
- Type: Cured pork leg, boned
- Style: Serrano
- Flavor profile: Rich acorn flavored fat with balanced salt
- Quantity: 12# pieces
- Availability: Year round, very limited production
Each fall a traditional group of breeders sets aside a select group of young pigs, allowing them to roam the Dehesa woodlands. There they feast upon acorns which are falling in abundance from the holm oak and cork trees. They gorge themselves, putting on at least two pounds of weight each day!
“Jamón Iberico de Bellota” is in a class with Beluga caviar or Kobe beef. The Bellota hams come from an ancient breed of pig, Cerdo Ibérico, which has been roaming the woodland meadows of western Spain feeding on acorns for thousands of years. Jamón Iberico de Bellota is the pride of Spain, and Spaniards consume the vast majority of the limited number of hams produced in their own country. Some producers have waiting lists for several years for their best products.
When it is time for their sacrifice (the Spanish term for slaughter), these genetically unique animals produce Jamón Ibérico de Bellota hams that are marbled with rich golden fat infused with the flavor of the Iberico pigs’ favorite food: the acorn -’bellota’ in Spanish. Remarkably, a good portion of which is mono-unsaturated, similar to healthy olive oil. Sliced paper-thin, it glistens at room temperature and provides an inimitable rich nutty flavor and tender texture.
This is worth a try!