Cebo means feed in Spanish. In the dictionary we find two me... Ham is one of the star products of the Spanish gastronomy, a... or Recebo is the name given previously to the ham produced by p... Ham? Which one is better? We all, or almost all, like ham, but the reality is that not all of us are familiar with the subject and we are full of questions when it comes to buying ham-Jamón. The most basic concept we find in the breed, a ham can be Iberian or not, but the question is: are there several kinds of Iberian ham? What happens when the label only says Recebo ham (Jamón de Recebo) or Cebo Ham or Cebo de Campo ham? Well, if you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, you’re lucky because at Enrique Tomás we’re going to explain everything you need to know about them, if you decide for one or the other.
What is the Cebo Ham?
In general, the characteristics that accompany the labelling of an Iberian product have to do with the pig’s diet. So in this case, the term “Cebo Ham” has to do with what the The pig is a wonderful animal that is part of the famous Med... has eaten until it is fully-grown and, therefore, what will give one flavour or another to its meat.
If you are wondering how an Iberian pig is fed, the answer is a little more complex, but if what you want to know is what “de Cebo” terminology is, you have to know that it is directly related to what its name indicates cereals and feed.
Pigs intended for the production of Iberico de Cebo ham are fed on feed, pulses and enriched cereals until they reach a certain weight.
Therefore, the Iberico de Cebo ham is the one produced from The Iberian pig is an animal of the porcine breed, the name ... fed with feed. The pieces of ham and ham shoulder obtained from these pigs will always be identified with the white brackets in accordance with Spanish regulations on the labelling of ham. You will also find information about the new labelling regulations in our blog.
What is the Cebo de Campo Ham?
Also known as the old Recebo Ham, the Cebo de Campo Ham is an Iberian product of intermediate quality between the Iberico Bellota Ham and Cebo Ham.
This quality also comes from an Iberian pig. Unlike the Cebo pig that has been raised indoors, these pigs have enjoyed a period of freedom in the Dehesas, the The Iberian Pastureland is a type of ecosystem made up of ho.... Hence, its name “Campo or Granja” (Field or Farm)
The Iberico de Cebo ham comes from an Iberian pig that has been fed with feed and cereals but has also enjoyed the benefits of the pastureland. In fact, they may have had also some acorns during the montanera, if the production thereof was very abundant.
Like the rest of Iberian products, the ham must be from an Iberian pig of at least 50% purity breed, whose mother must be of 100% Iberian breed. As for the seal of the Iberian ham, in this case, the law indicates that all Cebo de Campo products must have the green color.
Iberico de Cebo ham, Recebo ham and Cebo de Campo ham
We already have the basics clear, but what happens now, Jamón de Cebo or Recebo which one is better? Well, you tell us! In Enrique Tomás we have a maxim that says that the best ham is not the most expensive one, but the one you like the most. There’s no accounting for taste!
In any case, if you have any doubts, keep in mind that both products come from Iberian pigs, unique animals that have the fantastic characteristic of infiltrating fat into the muscle. Therefore, the Iberico de Cebo ham and the Iberico de Cebo de Campo ham are high quality products.
About flavour and cutting style
The Recebo free range pigs or the Cebo pigs, will undoubtedly bring to the ham certain nuances of flavor and an extra infiltration of fat in the meat, thanks to the exercise made by the animal during this phase. So if you have any doubts and you don’t know which one is better, the Cebo Ham or the Cebo de Campo ham, our recommendation is simple: try both and tell us which one you prefer!
In Enrique Tomás we have ham in all formats. Our products are specially designed for you to enter the world of ham and discover the differences in taste and texture. We have tasting boxes “Flavors of” or the famous book “The Jamón Experience” available.
Discover one by one, experience and enjoy!