Jamon Iberico de Bellota Gran Reserva by Arturo Sanchez (50g, Sliced)
In the world of cured hams, the most prized is the Spanish Jamón Ibérico de Bellota. This is a specific category of cured ham made from the Ibérico pig that roams the Dehesa of central Spain. The Dehesa is a natural rangeland of oak trees which drop their rich acorns on the ground each year during the season of the Montanera which are then gladly consumed by the resident pigs. The Jamón Ibérico de Bellota is unique in that the pigs get to live out the final days of their life trotting around the Dehesa eating as much acorn as they like. This diet gives much greater intramuscular fat with a high polyphenol content (similar to olive oil).
The Jamón Ibérico de Bellota from Arturo Sanchez takes a particular approach to their ham production involving several key elements including the breed quality of the pigs and the farms that raise them as well as the fact that the pigs are allowed two full Montanera seasons to consume twice the volume of acorns as any of the other pigs used for Jamón Ibérico de Bellota. This gives this ham particularly high levels of antioxidants which makes for a delightfully delicate, rich, porky and healthful Jamón.