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Introduction to Iberian ham from Extremadura: tips to recognize a good ham

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Acorns held by gastronomic blogger.

If you were asked about an Extremaduran gastronomic product, what would you say? sure ham. And although the references for foodies in Extremadura do not end here (cheese from Torta del Casar and La Serena, wines from the Ribera del Guadiana or the wonderful cherries and pillions of which we have already spoken to mention only the most popular ) Iberian ham is undoubtedly the best known.

The Route of the Iberian Ham Dehesa de Extremadura

Well, thanks to the blogtrip we made at the end of March we were able to tour part of the Route of the Iberian Ham Dehesa de Extremadura in Badajoz (If you have not gone this Holy Week take advantage of any weekend, now is the perfect time) and discover how the human being has managed to adapt the environment to your convenience but without destroying or altering the natural balance of things, taking advantage of everything Nature offers him, in return, a hard job. This is the essence of the Extremaduran pasture, a total integration between man, pig and landscape.

Dehesas as far as the eye can see

More than one million hectares make up the landscape of the pasture. This humanized forest It is the habitat of the native Iberian pig breed (from whose back legs the ham is obtained and from the front the shoulder along with many other equally delicious things because it is already known, from the pig they take advantage until the gait) black, legs Stylized, muscular and elegant at the same time. Seeing them go through the earth creates a feeling of deep placidity that is very much appreciated.

The pig feeds during montanera (the time when the acorn falls to the ground) more or less between October and March, of grass and the acorn it finds. And we know that he finds many because he has at least one hectare for himself to look for. If we add the hundreds of kilometers that the animal walks to that healthy diet, the result can only be maximum pleasure (for the pig and for the one who eats it of course) that you can smell, touch and see.

The excellent ham from Extremadura

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