The period from late fall through early spring is called the montanera, or acorn season, when pigs feed on the acorns of these trees, each eating about 22 to 26 pounds of acorns a day. The Iberian pig, which descends from the wild boar of southern Europe, is not a handsome specimen. It has drooping ears, a long snout, thin legs and dark hair. But its meat has a dense striping of fat and intense flavor, which produces the most sought-after cured hams in Spain.
Date: Monday 17, 2008
If you’ve ever experimented with chorizo, the pork sausage cured with paprika and garlic, you know how persuasive its full aroma and deep clinging heat can be. You might have sliced it up and stirred it into paella, chopped it into little cubes that were swept up into an omelet or infused it in stew [...]
Date: Thursday 13, 2008
Dry-cured Iberian ham is one of the most valuable meat products in Spain, with a first-rate consumer acceptance. Visually discernible characteristics of fat and lean, such as marbling, have all effect on the acceptability and palatability of ripened Iberian ham pieces. Important marbling properties include the amount and spatial distribution of intramuscular fat streaks. Chemical [...]
Date: Monday 10, 2008
With ninety races and more than two-hundred hog varieties, it is important to distinguish the two main races that are used in the production of Spanish hams. The highest quality hams come from the Iberian blood line, which are descendents of the wild boar. They are produced in the southwestern region of Spain