The Guijuelo Ham is very popular in Spain, these kind of Spanish ham comes from the province of Salamanca, and is covered under the Protected Designation of Origin known as Guijuelo Ham.
The Regulating Council of Guijuelo (C.R.D.O) establishes the necessary requirements in order to receive the Protected Designation of Origin of Guijuelo.
The main features of the Guijuelo Ham is the race, from the Iberian Peninsula based on pure registered Iberian pigs (at least 75% Iberian), the diet of these pigs (feed on acorns and grass with no added compound), these hams are cured and aged only in the Guijuelo area following the traditional maturation process.
The ageing of this hams is unique due to the micro climatic conditions of the province of Salamanca. The production area is located south-east of the province, this region is close to the Central System which is one main systems of mountain ranges in Spain.
This production area with more than thousand meters of altitude has unique micro climatic conditions with cold and dry winters and short summers, all this conditions allow a natural maturation process.
The province of Salamanca has a long tradition as Iberico Ham producers, and over the years it has become one of the most important production areas in the Spanish ham business.
Guijuelo has specialized in developing high quality Iberian Hams, the end result is a exceptional ham with delicate flavour and intense aroma, the colour of the ham goes from pink to purplish red. This ham has significant fibrous texture with fat infiltrations which enhance its intense flavour, the fat is bright, smooth and extremely soft. More information about Guijuelo hams and DO Guijuelo (Salamanca) here.