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We never tire of explaining why Iberian hamIberian ham (jamón ibérico) is a culinary tradition in Spa... More is good and in this case, in Enrique Tomás we are going to go deeper into the properties of Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, which we consider to be the best jamón in the world and a flagship product of our gastronomy. Good and healthy!
You know that the product is ham, but what do these surnames mean “Ibérico de Bellota”? Well, we start with the first surname that has to do with the breed of the animal: Ibérico.
In order for a ham to be considered Iberian, it must come from an Iberian pigThe pig is a wonderful animal that is part of the famous Med... with at least 50% purity. For the labelThe label on the vacuum packaging of cured /cold meats is ve... More to include the word acornThe sugar from acorns is an important component in the produ... More, the pig in question must have enjoyed what is known as MontaneraThe Montanera Season is a period in which pigs are free in t.... A period of freedom in the pasturesThe Iberian Pastureland is a type of ecosystem made up of ho... where Iberian pigsThe Iberian pig is an animal of the porcine breed, the name ... reach their ideal weight eating acorns, grasses and wild herbs, at the same time as they exercise and move around the long stretches of land.
So, what does Jamón Iberico de Bellota mean, it means that the ham comes from an Iberian pig (with a purity of 50, 75 or 100%) that has been fed on grasses, wild herbs and acorns during the montanera in the pasture.
Having clarified the terms, we can talk about how good it is, since acorn ham is considered an ideal product to include in a healthy and balanced diet. Unlike other types of ham that can have a high saltSalt is an essential ingredient in the curing of jamón, as ... More content, acorn ham stands out for its heart-healthy contributions.
Jamón Iberico de Bellota contains large quantities of oleic acid, the same as that found in olive oil. This type of fatThe bacon of the ham/jamón is the layer of fat that covers ... More acts positively on our cholesterol, increases the good and reduces the bad.
The fat present in acorn-fed Iberian cured meatsCertain preserved, marinated or stuffed meats are called cha... is the most “heart-healthy” of all fats of animal origin.
Among the properties of Jamón Ibérico de Bellota are the presence of B group vitamines, beneficial for the proper functioning of the nervous system and brain. The presence of vitamin E, recognized for its antioxidant character and minerals such as copper, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium.
A portion of 100 grams of acorn ham contains a contribution of approximately 250 kcal, so its moderate consumption can go hand in hand with slimming diets or hypocaloric.
The same ration of 100 grams of this incredible Iberian product implies a contribution of 43 grams of protein, so the Jamón de Bellota is an ideal substitute for red meat.
During the curing processWhen we talk about curing in gastronomy we are talking about... there is a chemical reaction called proteolysis. This process raises the digestibility rate of Jamón de Bellota to 85% and 100%, which means that it is an easily digestible food that allows maximum absorption of nutrients.
As you can see, there are many properties of Jamón de Bellota that make this product good. At Enrique Tomás, our Jamón de Bellota 100% Iberian, we consider it to be the Jamón premium 5-star with a mild, aromatic, tasty or intense flavour. Tell us what your taste is and we will give you your flavour! You can find it in all formats with the red label, a color that refers to the seal that by law must identify the acorn-fed Iberian hamsHam is one of the star products of the Spanish gastronomy, a... with purity of race of 50% and 75% in Spain.
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