The meat is red coloured and shiny when cut, with partial fat infiltration in muscle tissue.

Weight no less than 4.5 Kg. The curing process at an altitude equal to or greater than 800 meters. The whole preparation process takes place in areas within the province of Teruel. Hams are long and sharp shaped, with rounded edges, and the hoof is kept. The meat is red coloured and shiny when cut, with partial fat infiltration in muscle tissue. Highly "cured flavour". Delicate taste, very pleasant, and barely salty, thanks to the lower salt content used in the preparation process, in which dry salt and very low temperatures are used to pile hams. The fat has a greasy consistency. It is of a shiny, yellowish-white colour and is strongly flavoured, with a pleasant taste. Minimum duration of the whole preparation process is 36 weeks. Hams can either have its whole skin or show a "V" cut. These hams are only and exclusively obtained from Landrace, Large White breeds, or from a crossbreed of both of them (maternal line) and Duroc (paternal line).

 

The tradition of eating cured ham in Teruel goes back to ancient times. Some people assert that reach prehistory. The reality is the pig has always been a fundamental part of the cookery and pantry of Teruel. We take care our animals watching the minimal details: nice handling and the best nourishment for an excellent result: tasty and top quality meat.Indeed, the development of Teruel Ham was born from the need to preserve it for a long time. To do this, nothing better than cure and salting. All the province become quickly in the first fan of this product. From the lowlands: Matarraña and Bajo Aragón , historic sites with a strong tradition around pig to the mountains of Albarracin, Gúdar Javalambre and Jiloca, so high that almost skim the sky and where pure and clean air cure our delicious hams.

Pigs intended for Teruel Cured Ham and Teruel Cured Shoulder Ham production are born, reared and slaughtered in the province of Teruel. These swine are obtained from Landrace and Large White crossbreeds in the maternal line and Duroc pure breed in the paternal line. They are mainly fed on cereals grown in the fields of the province of Teruel and other neighbouring areas, which give them a healthy, natural nutrition.Duroc breed produces high quality meat with an ideal intramuscular fat content, while meat provided by Landrace and Large-White crossbreeds is characterised by its juiciness, texture, conformation, and colour.

The Ham of Teruel has achieved great prestige in the market thanks to its flavor and texture. There are numerous great chefs who have incorporated this rich delicacy into their recipe book, but are the people like you, the one who cooks from their homes, who make this something really great.

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