Jamón Ibérico is the crown jewel of Spanish cuisine. These slices of delectable Spanish ham are packed with complexity: like an aged Manchego cheese or a glass of fine wine, each bite has many layers of flavor. Ibérico ham has very little salt, allowing the levels of taste to take center stage. Serve on a warm plate with good bread and a fine wine.
We slice imported Ibérico ham daily at La Tienda so that you can enjoy the freshest jamón possible. Our manually operated slicers cut extra thin slices from naturally shaped hams. We take pride in making the extra effort for you to enjoy the authentic flavor of Spain.
Ibérico is the name of the famous breed of black pig indigenous to Spain. It is sometimes known as 'pata negra' or 'Jabugo', referring to a famous ham town. There are two levels of quality depending on how the animals are raised. This sliced ham is from Ibérico pigs that lived the normal livestock life, enjoying regular feed. The ultimate quality is called Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, which is made from free range Ibérico pigs that feast on acorns ('bellota') in the fall. It usually costs twice as much as normal Ibérico and is also available.
Ibérico ham is hung to cure for two to three years in the mountains of Spain. As the seasons change from the cold of winter through spring and summer, 40% of the fat melts away, bathing the ham in flavor. As the second year passes, the ham undergoes complex changes that produce incredible layers of flavor. The result is a tender and delicious ham, deep red in color with a very mild saltiness.
Every day we slice Jamón Ibérico from whole hams here at La Tienda. We import the hams bone-in and de-bone them here, so they are as fresh as possible.
Most other sliced jamón on the market is de-boned in Spain and pressure formed into a rectangular loaf. They are then frozen and cut on a high-speed industrial slicer, often months before they are purchased. This type of treatment breaks down the quality and flavor of the ham, which is why we take the slow method, using manually operated slicers to cut naturally shaped hams. We guarantee you will taste the difference!