It is officially December, so you can get your Christmas hype on. One of the best things about the festive season is all the delicious food that you get. There’s cookies, cake, eggnog, and of course, ham. If you’re feeling a little extra generous, you could get your hands on the Spanish Iberico, aka the most expensive ham in the world.
This delectable meat is found exclusively in Spain, and a single leg can cost up to $4500. Just an ounce of this melt-in-the-mouth delicacy could cost $22.50. Yes, the prices are steep, but Iberico comes with a surprising number of health benefits.
The ham is produced from black Iberian pigs, in the provinces of Salamanca, Huelva, Córdoba, Cáceres, and Badajoz. These pigs are fed a diet almost exclusively of acorn, which is what gives it the unique flavour.
The Iberian pigs live in the wild and are free to roam around. They’re descendants of the wild boar, so they are very muscular and have very little fat. They’re slaughtered when they’re 15 months old, and the meat is then buried in salt for almost 15-20 days.
We’re certain Iberian ham will definitely light up your Christmas dinner table. Its taste is surprisingly not salty. The meat has a nice buttery texture, and literally melts in your mouth. The acorn-heavy diet of the pig gives it a very distinct taste. There are strict regulations regarding the production and sale of this pig, so you can be assured that the ham you taste in the United States is exactly the same as the one in Spain