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Learn about the latest developments on Spanish jamón and the ham world at large.  As we find out about newly available hams, interesting news and intriguing rumours, we will be sure to update you on the latest.

  • Ham before Jamón?

    Interested in tasting acorn-fed Ibérico de Bellota pork before it becomes jamón? New York Times writer, Julia Moskin, reviewed La Tienda's Acorn-fed Ibérico de Bellota Tender Smoked Baked Ham in her...

  • How to Slice a Whole Jamón

    Step-by-step instructions solve the mystery of how to slice a whole dry cured jamón from Spain. Owner Jonathan Harris narrates with helpful guidance as an expert cortador from Spain works his magic:  ...

  • Jamón Ibérico - The Perfect Gift

    Saveur's Gift Guide hails 5J Cinco Jotas Jamón Ibérico de Bellota as one of its top picks for edible gifts. Food & Wine's Best Gifts Under $100 called upon 5J's sliced paleta as "cult pork"...

  • La Tienda unveils the Peregrino Line of Jamones

    LaTienda.com, the parent website of jamon.com, has just made available for sale its house brand of jamon iberico.  Available bone in, the Peregrino brand iberico come in bellota and recebo quality....

  • Spain Changes Iberico Labeling Rules

    The Spanish government has changed the labeling requirements for cured iberico hams.  Starting this year, all hams must clearly state the percentage of pure breed iberico pigs sourced to make the...

  • Redondo Iglesias Iberico

    After decades without Iberico hams, the USA market is now full of producers exporting their fine pata negra to the US.  Redondo Iglesias, based in Valencia, is the latest to bring an Iberico ham...

  • 5J Hand Sliced Packets

    5J, the premium brand of Sanchez Romero Carvajal of Jabugo, will be offering a line of hand-sliced packets of paleta bellota this holiday.  The slices were carved, piece by piece, by the expert...

  • COVAP Hams

    The first recebo and bellota hams from COVAP, based in Pozoblanco, near Cordoba, will be reaching our shores in November. These hams have a wonderfully sweet, nutty flavor and a deeper red hue than some...

  • José Hamming it Up

    Award Winning chef José Andrés made a surprise appearance at a concert performed by Ozomatli, a latin-rock band who was playing at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.  Once on stage he began to slice...

  • New York Times Announces 5J Arrival

    Soon after the first Cinco Jotas Iberico de Bellota became available, the New York Times announced its arrival with an article by Florence Fabricant.  The paletas ( cured front shoulders) were the...

  • Golfer Wins His Weight in Jamón

    A Scottish golfer won his weight in Spanish jamón after an ace at the Bankia Madrid Masters in October of 2011. 266 pounds of 5-J Cinco Jotas hams were presented to Elliot Saltman. Saltman, a lover...

  • 5J Poised to Enter the U.S.

    5J, arguably Spain's most famous producer of Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, will begin offering their first product for sale in September.  The company, also known as Sanchez Romero Carvajal Cinco...

  • Happy Pigs, Great Ham

    Treating animals well is not only the right thing to do, it makes for much better ham!  Here is an article from The Atlantic magazine reporting on how free-range, acorn fed Ibérico pigs are treated...

  • Ship Jamon to Friends in Europe & the UK!

    Jamon.com is run by La Tienda which ships great Spanish food to the U.S., Europe and the U.K.  For delivery in England and Europe, visit the site Euro.Tienda.com.  They feature a great variety...

  • Flying Hams?

    The ham supply from Spain was so tight last holiday season that we had to fly in a last minute shipment from Fermin to fill orders. Thankfully they all passed the federal inspections without a hitch...

  • COVAP hits the USA

    The first products from COVAP, Spain's largest co-operative located near Cordoba, have just reached the USA for the first time. The shipment of recebo lomo and lomito is now for sale at latienda.com...

  • Fresh Iberico

    Latienda.com now offers fresh frozen cuts of bellota pork! For the first time, you can enjoy free range iberico pork on the grill. http://www.tienda.com/food/iberico-meat.html ...

  • Iberico Ham Tour in 2011

    Our friends from 'A Taste of Spain' are organizing an "Ibérico ham tour" to Andalusia in March 2011 in collaboration with the US food writer Mark Scarbrough, author of the book "Ham, and obsession with...

  • Update

    Well it has been awhile since our last entry, but just to catch you up on the latest and greatest news regarding Spanish Jamon: LaTienda.com now offers fresh frozen cuts of Iberico de Bellota meat from...

  • Study: The Nutritional Value of Dry-Cured Ham

    Nutritional composition of dry-cured ham and its role in a healthy diet by: F. Jiménez-Colmenero a,*, J. Ventanas b, F. Toldrá  The original PDF of this study, including charts and tables, can...

  • Bellota Article in The Washington Post

    Here's an article from The Washington Post about bellota hams.  The Gastronomer: For bellota ham, nuts aren't the half of it Written by Andreas Viestad Special to The Washington Post February 24,...

  • London Iberico Ham - $3000!

    Here is a story from NPR. Our Iberico seems like a bargain! RENEE MONTAGNE, host: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The world's priciest ham goes on sale today at a posh food store in London. One...

  • Jabugo Bellota Is Coming in 2010

    PRESS RELEASE La Tienda.com to Deliver the First World-Renowned Cinco Jotas Ibérico de Bellota Hams to the USA LaTienda.com, the leading retailer of gourmet food from Spain in the U.S., announces...

  • Dehesa Threatened by Drought and Fungus

    I read a recent article with great concern. Apparently the dehesa, for centuries the home of the cerdo Ibérico / Iberian pata negra pig is in grave danger, due to the extended drought it is experiencing...

  • Curly Haired Snow Pig Rescued from Extinction

    Is it a sheep? Is it a poodle? No, it is the curly haired Mangalica pig, outfitted to survive the frigid winters of the Hungarian steppe. Due to the efforts of an entrepreneurial Spanish ham producer,...

  • Tariffs are dropped on Bone In hams!

    In a major victory for jamon lovers in the USA, the Wall Street Journal announced yesterday that the European Commission and the US had reached a provisional agreement to end the threat of retaliatory...

  • LaTienda.com Introduces All Natural Serrano Ham!

    LaTienda.com, the ecommerce pioneer in providing classic Spanish hams to America, introduces the first all natural Jamón Serrano to homes across the USA. LaTienda.com is the exclusive source for these...

  • From Simon Mujamdar's book, Eat My Globe

    "Close your eyes and imagine that you are sitting in a small bar in Andalucia, Spain. In front of you, a grumpy-looking man in a an ill-fitting white dinner jacket is wielding a long, sharp knife and...

  • Jamon Iberico de Bellota Slices

    Europe’s tradition of grand and flavorful hams includes Germany’s Westphalian ham, Italy’s Prosciutto de Parma, and France’s Bayonne. Exquisite as these are, in the gourmet world Jamón Ibérico...

  • Pata Negra Hams to Lose Their Black Feet

    PRESS RELEASE US-Bound Gourmet Spanish Iberico Pata Negra Hams to Lose Their Black Feet ABSTRACT A new USDA ruling effective January 2009 requires that the hooves must be removed from all hams newly...

  • The Pata Negra Is Going Extinct

    The last of the hoofed hams - the pata negra is going extinct in North America. As fellow Jamón enthusiasts, we wanted to share with you some alarming news. As of November 2008, the USDA has outlawed...

  • Mangalica

    Just when you thought you had heard everything there was to say about pig, a wonderful new ham is on the horizon.  It will be a jamon serrano made from Mangelica hogs -- the curly haired one who...

  • MY MAIL ORDER BRIDE

    Here is a fabulous blog recounting the arrival of a precious Bellota ham. DBH WAITING FOR MY MAIL ORDER BRIDE I now know what it is like to wait for a mail order bride. You order her, fill out the...

  • Osborne Acquires a Stake in Embutidos Fermin

    Osborne Acquires Minority Stake in Embutidos Fermin  to Bring 5 Jotas Brand to U.S. The Osborne Group has acquired a minority stake in Embutidos Fermin, owner of the only Spanish slaughterhouse...

  • Bellota Deliveries Commence

    La Tienda will receive in its warehouse the first Jamón Iberico de Bellota on Tuesday 5 August and will begin distribution to over 400 Bellota aficionados that same day. Following the shipments to...

  • Bellotas are released!

    Today (Tuesday) the first Jamón Ibérico de Bellotas have been released from US customs. Next week we will be visiting the NY warehouse where they are temporarily being stored and bring many of them...

  • Are We There Yet?

    The Fermin iberico de bellota hams are here in New York Harbor -- so close but oh so far.  As with any new product the federal authorities are thoroughly vetting it to make sure that all is in...

  • First container of hams has left Spain

    The first jamón ibérico bellota to arrive on the American shores was introduced to the public at a special carving ceremony during the NASFT Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. The first container...

  • Preparations are in hand

    The Harris family of La Tienda has been waiting for the occasion of the American arrival of jamon iberico bellota since 1997. Now a firm date has been set by the producers in Spain: 15 July 2008 the...

  • Tantilizing News

    We just received concrete information concerning the arrival of our jamones Iberico bellota. I will fill you all in shortly, but first we have an obligation to inform our our loyal reservation holders...

  • Reaching the finish line

    Well, the time is upon us. My family and I have been at this project of bringing to America the finest ham in the world for over ten years. It is hard to believe that our efforts are reaching their fruition...

  • Three distinct qualities of Ibérico

    In 2005 the Spanish government started regulating qualities of Iberico in 2005. They have defined three distinct qualities of Ibérico based upon the way they are fed: Cebo - the regular Ibérico that...

  • Free Range: It's the right thing to do

    One of the most unexpectedly satisfying experiences I have had with my sons Tim and Jonathan, was when we visited a modest finca in Extremadura where lived a small herd of Ibérico pigs.  The animals...

  • Entertaining addition

    This is an amusing contribution to the world of iberico http://www.ijam.es/ ...

  • Hand Slicing is no Hype

    On Sunday 10 February I read an entertaining restaurant review by Jay Ruyner in the Manchester (UK) Guardian. He made one comment which is piece of wisdom: "It's all very well to source Iberian ham,...

  • More on the price of grain

    I have been reading further on the subject of the soaring prices of feed which supplement the diet of some iberico pigs. According to a Christin Science Monitor article, expanded use of biofuel is only...

  • Ecology -- Keokuck and Salamanca

    The unintended consequences of the price of oil charged by the OPEC cartel are amazing. Here in the USA we hastily bought into to Ethanol as a solution, and it was decided that corn was to be the fuel...

  • Japanese Taste

    I notced an item the other day which stated that jamon iberico is becoming immensely popular in Japan. In addition, the sales of jamon serrano in Japan have outstripped those of prosciutto. I am not...

  • Paleta is Shouldering the Jamon

    The first Ibérico Bellota is here. But it is time for you to sharpen your critical tools of discernment. Remember when some manufacturers printed “Iberian ham” on the label of Jamón serrano, implying...

  • Santo Tomas Pig Raffle

    This is an account written by our friend Jamie Jones, who is the head of our Spanish office in the Basque Country. He lives in Zarautz, right down the road from San Sebastian. DIA DE SANTO TOMAS "Each...

  • St Anthony and the Pigs

    This is a wonderful article about La Alberca and the pigs. If you go to the following url you will find it in its entirity. Unfortunately, the APF site does not attribute the article to an author --...

  • Oak fungus

    I just read this article from the London Telegraph, and will check with Antonio Gázquez at the U of Extremadura. This would be quite an unanticipated blow, as the Dehesa is a vital part of the Iberico...

  • Iberico Lard in Christmas Cooking

    I ran across a fascinating article in a local English paper. It seems that in England there is a growing trend to replace goose fat with Ibérico lard in Christmas cooking. It produces a crispy roast...

  • The internet revolution

    The jamones Iberico are truly here in the United States, after all these years of the family quest. It is hard to comprehend. I think back to the various places members of our family went, and the people...

  • Four Legged Explorers

    I have always thought it was particularly cool, and particularly Spanish, that some Ibérico hogs were passengers on the flagship Santa María when Christopher Columbus set out on his voyage of discovery....

  • Which breed produces the most tasty Ibérico

    I had heard from several sources in Spain, including breeders in Spain that a 100% pure bred cerdo Ibérico is not the best source for Ibérico Bellota ham. That sounded counter-intuitive to me. So,...

  • Know what you are getting.

    From the beginning of our quest I have been concerned that people will be able to sort through the complexity of the subject of Spanish hams. It has taken us many years in the trenches to understand...