Reaching the finish line

Posted May 20, 2008

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 in a matter of a few weeks, 

The final pieces fell into place when we were cordially greeted by the Martín family - owners of Embutidos y Jamones Fermín in the medieval town La Alberca. 

When they teamed up with famed chef José Andrés and quality food importer Rogers International to form Fermín USA, we know that with their expertise it was a matter of time before the hams would be on their way.

Of course there will be a lot of excitement when the first jamon iberico bellota hits the shores (or rather, reaches our serving plates). The hams will come in batches -- the smaller one first because they take less time to cure. But soon the time we have been waiting for will be upon us and there will be a lot of jamon enthusiasts who will taste the treat of their lives.

In the meantime, I hope people are trying our sliced bellota paleta / shoulder. It is quite delicious -- and a good preview of things to come.