A LEG of Andalucia-bred jamon has been bought for a world-record value of €11,881.
The Spanish ham, from Corteconcepicion, in Huelva, was awarded the Guinness Report for the costliest on the earth after promoting for 1.429 million yen in Japan.
It was bought by the Sierra Mayor Jabugo firm, which breeds its pigs within the coronary heart of the Sierra de Aracena, within the Picos de Aroche Pure Park.
“Our Iberian pigs are 100% pure, of Bellota high quality,” mentioned the corporate in a press release, “raised in freedom with its siblings within the pastures of Sierra Mayor.
“Having ensured its genetic purity, this pig had a pure weight-reduction plan of solely acorns and herbs.”
The pig was killed in 2015, which means its meat was cured over 5 years, producing a slab of jamon weighing greater than 10kg.
The corporate mentioned there are three ‘basic’ elements within the creation of their merchandise which make them so costly.
Firstly, there’s the ‘pure drying course of’, carried out in warehouses ‘with out machines’ and through which the humidity and temperature is conditioned strictly ‘by the microclimate and microflora of the world.’
Secondly, the ‘grasp jamon maker’ has been in command of the method since 1987, utilizing his instincts to ‘guarantee the very best flavour and aroma.’
Lastly, there’s a restricted provide as the corporate focuses on ‘sustainability’ and doesn’t overproduce or excessively breed their pigs.
Sierra Mayor was the primary firm authorised to export the Spanish staple to the likes of Japan and Mexico, making a reputation for itself as an exporter of top quality jamon.
Over 30 years, the corporate has acquired a mess of awards, each nationally and internationally.
On the most recent accolade the corporate added: “It’s excellent news for the Spanish Iberian pig sector, which is receiving a lift of optimism throughout these tough occasions.”