Iberico de Bellota

Producer: Arturo Sánchez Origin: Castilla-Leon, Spain

The first generation of Arturo Sánchez learned, in the late 19th century, the basics of the dried meat trade in the Candelario mountains, where the hams and sausages for the Royal House were made. The vision of the second generation was to create the best Iberian pork products and take them to the young Spanish market. The family’s third generation has overseen the company for the last three decades all the while making a reality the company’s dream of creating a one-of-a kind Iberian product.

Arturo Sánchez works exclusively with well-known Iberian pig breeding experts in the best dehesa fields to the north of Seville to the south of Extremadura. Born and bred in these fields, the pigs roam freely, resulting in a better exercised pig with more oxygenated meat and better fat infiltration. These pigs are acorn-fed for two full seasons, which is twice the standard practice. Twice the age means more fully developed muscle, providing an unmatched flavor and a level of oleic acid surpassed only by olive oil. Each ham is hung manually in well ventilated drying sheds in a combination that creates a special character.  The curing process is entirely natural, unrushed, letting Nature act by means of the manual opening and closing of the windows. Patience is a virtue: Arturo Sánchez hams need between 4 and 6 years to achieve their perfect curing. And it’s worth it: time is the ally of this classic Spanish treat.

Breed:

Iberian pigs

Flavor Profile

Unparalleled flavor—a delicate balance of salt and sweet notes. Aroma of fresh nuts accentuated by underlying hints of floral/fruity notes. A mahogany red color, blanketed by uniform fat coverage. One of a kind—buttery and sublime by nature!

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Item No.SizePackWeight
AS1000Jamón de Bellota (ham) Bone-in1/case18 lb
AS2000Jamón de Bellota (ham) Boneless1/case9 lb
AS3000Jamón de Bellota (ham) Sliced10/case10 oz
AS2050Paletta de Bellota (shoulder) Boneless2/case9 lb
AS3050Paleta de Bellota (shoulder) Sliced10/case10 oz

Ingredients

Paleta: 100% Iberico shoulder from acorn-fed pig, sea salt, sugar, acidity regulator (trisudium citrate), preservatives (sodium nitrite, potasium nitrate) and antioxidant (sodium ascorbate).

Jamón:  100% Iberico ham from acorn-fed pig, sea salt, sugar, acidity regulator (trisudium citrate), preservatives (sodium nitrite, potasium nitrate) and antioxidant (sodium ascorbate).