The pasture is a forest formed by holm oaks, corks and galls. We can find this habitat in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula. In Spain, almost half of hectares of pastures are located in Extremadura. And today, we talk about it because it is the ideal place for the breeding of the Iberian pig.
It is the place where the specimens of this animal will graze freely during the fattening period (montanera), which coincides with the time when the trees bear their precious fruit: the acorns, which gives that characteristic flavor to our Iberian hams.
An oak is capable of producing from 20 to 25 kilos of acorns, and making a general calculation, we can estimate that we find about 50 oaks per hectare. With these data, it is easy to imagine why the Iberian pig is so happy in this place, and why it is very important to keep this environment protected from agricultural operations, and thus, ensure the continuity of this ecosystem.
If you can, do not miss the opportunity to walk through this natural area. You can enjoy the tranquility that this little piece of nature gives off.