Why do we hang the hams?

Surely you have noticed when traveling in Spain, that it is very typical in many bars, restaurants, wineries and shops find ham hanging from the ceiling. Have you ever wondered why?

Between 16th and 17th centuries, according to the tradition, the Christians used to hang the ham to identify and differentiate themselves from Muslims and Jews. But being practical, any ham fan knows that the result is not the same if the ham is leaning on a surface or is conveniently hung.

Actually,  in the ham left on the ham holder, mold  growth can occur as it perspires less. Hanging ham favors its drying thanks to better ventilation, helping to eliminate excess of fat and moisture and improve its flavor.

Author: thespanishhamonline

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