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Jamon Iberico-Connoisseurs Guide

Written by Aksel Ritenis

{jcomments off}Jamon-Iberico

Jamón Ibérico is a type of Jamón, a cured ham produced only in Spain. It is at least 75% black Iberian pig, also called the Cerdo Negro or Black Pig, the only breed of pig that naturally seeks and eats mainly acorns. According to Spain’s Denominación De Origen rules on food products Jamón Ibérico may be made from cross-bred pigs as long as they are at least 75% Ibérico.

The Black Iberian Pig lives primarily in the south and southwest parts of Spain, including the provinces of Salamanca, Ciudad Real, Cáceres, Badajoz, Seville, Córdoba and Huelva. Immediately after weaning the piglets are fattened on barley and maize for several weeks. The pigs are then allowed to roam in pasture and oak groves to feed naturally on grass, herbs, acorns, and roots, until the slaughtering time approaches. At that point the diet may be strictly limited to acorns for the best quality Jamón Ibérico, or may be a mix of acorns and commercial feed for lesser qualities. This is described in more detail below.


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Aksel Ritenis

Axel is the Editor and Publisher of Connoisseur Magazine "for the Finer Things in Life" and has been the custodian of the magazine for over 10 years and leader of a team of freelance Journalists and Community Members who continue to make it all happen!-Join the Team at Connoisseur Magazine!

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