“Maladúa” the world’s most expensive ham
May17

“Maladúa” the world’s most expensive ham

“Maladúa” the world’s most expensive ham costs 4,100€ a leg. No doubt Spanish Brand “Dehesa Maladúa” is the world’s most expensive ham. it was recently prized with the charcuterie world’s equivalent of an Oscar in Biofach – Nuremberg. The Europe’s leading organic foods trade fair declared this unique dry-cured ham its best product.  The prize-winning ham comes from a rare breed of pig called the Manchado de Jabugo, its name refers to the dark patches on the animal skin. Dehesa Maladúa’s creator and owner, Eduardo Donato, has achieved to protect this breed from extinction 25 years ago when he settled in Huelva province in southwestern Spain. Manchado de Jabugo ham’s unquotable taste is due to the fact that the pigs do not eat animal feed, but only natural food from the pastures. Donato owns 80 hectares of “dehesa” to forage them with acorns and green fodder in the woodlands of Huelva. The excellence of his products has already been confirmed by Córdoba’s Nutritional Science and Food Technology Department, up to the international norms. Its color, is dark-red and glossy; its fat is white and fine; its aroma is intensive and its overall flavor is salty and sweet at the same time. The Manchado de Jabugo breed was affected by the swine fever epidemic in 1958.  The farmers did not appreciate it enough  because it took longer to reach their maturity and is less fertile than other iberian pigs. A Manchado de Jabugo pig needs  up to three years to reach the optimal weight, while others can be processed to ham when they are from 14 to 18 months. Then another six years are needed before the ham is cured. There is another reason why they are considered less attractive: Manchado de Jabugo pigs sometimes do not flaunt the dark pigmentation in their hoofs that is the most important features of Iberian ham (pata negra).  Donato takes care of his valuables pigs with great engagement, they wander freely across Donato’s woodland neighboring to Picos de Aroche UNESCO biosphere reserve. Donato decided to settle in this zone in 1990 acquiring an old farm in Maladúa, a small  village near Cortegana, forgotten by God and by the humans. So than he began to study intensively about sustainable pig breeding and ham curing. Now he runs a virtually one-man successful company, supported only by his family. Donato provides the international market with less than 100 hams a year, while they are now sold all over the world. For the “famine” of top-quality Iberian ham such as Maladúa and the high cost of production, the customers have to pay top price, They are not...

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Health qualities of Spanish Pata Negra ham
Feb13

Health qualities of Spanish Pata Negra ham

Jamon Iberico ham is rich in protein, phosphorus, calcium and also contains iron and vitamins B1 and B2. Pigs fed on acorns have a higher proportion of unsaturated fats that lower cholesterol and counter the effects of cardiovascular disease, strengthening the circulatory system. Health qualities of Spanish Pata Negra ham       Iberian ham, including fat and marbling of fat adjacent to accompany the band has an energy value of 291 g for Iberian kcal/100. The fatty acid profile is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, including oleic acid is well suited for the most recent dietary recommendations considered a healthy fat. Compliance with the cholesterol, the rate (30-40 mg/100 g) is still lower than lean meats like chicken or turkey. Iberian ham is also characterized by their content of vitamins B1, B6 acid, B12 and folic acid, very beneficial for the nervous system and vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant. It is a product rich in minerals such as iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Finally, it has a high content of high quality protein and digestibility due to proteolysis that occurs during the maturation of this product. Recent studies of the Fundación Jamón Serrano (2006) indicate that, in addition, it is a product low in calories and fat is not recommended in any program of weight loss. Similarly, trace elements (mainly Fe and Zn) to provide very beneficial effects, among others, children, athletes, people with anemia and as an anti-stress. According to current dietary recommendations, not an excessive energy intake or an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but some studies, like that conducted by Professor John F. Macías of the University of Salamanca, show that daily consumption at a moderate pace, significantly reduces blood pressure....

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