Acorn-Fed Ibérico Ham from Jabugo - Approximately 15-18 Pounds
Jamón Ibérico de Bellota is the finest ham in the world. Cinco Jotas cures its free-range, acorn-fed hams slowly for over two years in the mountains of southern Spain. Indulge in thin slices of this masterpiece, savoring the complex nuances of each bite.
Cinco Jotas, or 5J, is known as the elite brand of Ibérico ham. In fact, the word Jabugo, the town made famous by Cinco Jotas, is now synonymous with top quality Ibérico ham.
The hams come from an ancient breed of pig, Cerdo Ibérico, which has roamed the woodland meadows of western Spain feeding on acorns (called 'bellotas') for centuries. Jamón Ibérico de Bellota is the pride of Spain, and it is the centerpiece of celebrations when only the finest will do.
Cinco Jotas raises only 100% genetically pure bred Ibérico pigs that live their entire lives roaming the countryside of Spain. Other companies will cross breed Ibérico pigs with other breeds to increase the litter size and raw meat production. 5J - Cinco Jotas prefers to use only 100% pure Ibérico even though it's more expensive.
Each fall these very special pigs roam the 'dehesa' woodlands. There they feast on sweet acorns which are falling in abundance from the holm oak and cork trees. They feast on these 'bellotas' (Spanish for acorn) themselves, putting on at least two pounds of weight each day!
This life of exercise and a rich natural diet creates Jamón Ibérico de Bellota hams that are marbled with rich golden fat infused with the flavor of the sweet bellota acorns. 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.
We are delighted to announce that this exquisite jamón was featured as #4 in the 2013 Zagat "Holiday Gift Guide: 46 Foodie Must-Buys."
For storage and slicing instructions for whole hams, see this page.
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