Iberian hams are all those that are obtained from The Iberian pig is an animal of the porcine breed, the name ..., with the ability to infiltrate fat into the muscle, stylized legs and generally black hoof, although this last physical quality does not always have to be given. But, what does it mean a ham of 50% Iberian breed? In Enrique Tomás we are experts in ham, so who better than us to explain it to you? Let’s go!
What is a 50% Iberian ham?
In order for a ham or ham shoulder to be of the Iberian breed, it must have been produced with meat from Iberian pigs, but this does not mean that both parents of the The pig is a wonderful animal that is part of the famous Med... from which it is extracted must be of this species. Only one Iberian progenitor is necessary for the descendant pig to be one as well.
Depending on the purity of the breed of the parents, there are three possible scenarios:
- 50% Iberian breed: 50% ham is obtained from pigs with a single Iberian parent, usually the mother.
- 75% Iberian breed: the 75% ham is that coming from a mother 100% Iberian and the father 50%.
- 100% Iberian breed: the ham is 100%, also known as “pata negra”, when it is obtained from a pig whose father and mother are both 100% Iberian.
It should be noted that the racial percentage of pigs affects the flavour and juiciness of the meat, which has a more intense and succulent taste the higher the Iberian purity. However, there are no hams better than others. Each type of Iberian has its own peculiarities and the fact that it is more expensive does not mean that it is any better, it only means that in order to produce it a greater time of dedication on the part of the breeders and master artisans has been needed. So, if you like the most intense and oily flavours, opt for 100% Iberian while if you prefer the delicate touches, the iberico de cebo ham is the best option for you.
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I’m sure you’ve referred to Iberian ham as pata negra many times yourself, but why this curious name? Since Iberian ham usually has black hoofs (pata negra), they tend to be called that way, but you don’t have to pay attention to this quality because it doesn’t always happen. There are Iberian pigs that do not have the black hoof and this does not mean that they are not authentic Iberian breed. If you want to know with the naked eye if your ham is Iberian or not, you have to pay attention to the shape of its legs, because the legs of our own peninsula are long and stylized. The colour of the hoof is irrelevant.
Now that you know what it means ham 50% Iberian breed and that, depending on the origin of the parents of the pig from which it is extracted, the meat and the taste of the ham will be more or less intense, take it into account when choosing your ham. And remember, in order to know if you don’t want to be ripped off, you don’t have to pay attention to the colour of the hoof, but to the shape of the legs. Look for stylised Iberian Ham is one of the star products of the Spanish gastronomy, a... with a thin reed! or let us advise you through your trusted shop attendant who specialises in ham like ours.