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Famous Iberian ham gets its American replica

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American Iberian ham is produced in Georgia from imported Spanish pigs that are feed with pecan nuts.

Posted on Nov 07 ,15:03

Famous Iberian ham gets its American replica

Spanish most known delicacy, Jamon, Iberian ham, is now replicated in the US by the Oriol family, originary from Spain. Their enterprise, Iberian Pastures, is located in Georgia and the black pigs (pata negra) are imported from Spain in order to respect the tradition imposed by the Iberian ham producers, reports ABC newspaper of Spain.

The difference consists of the nuts that are used in feeding the animals. In this case, the Oriol family is using the pecan nuts instead of acorn, as the Spaniards use to do. "We have tested the profile of fatty acids with peanuts and nuts and they are very similar to the type of fat of a pig fed with acorns", says Kurt Oriol, one the family members. The environmental conditions in Georgia are similar to those meet in the Spanish hills except one thing: the humidity. That's why the Jamon "made in America" is dried in a storage in Iowa. On the other hand, the pastures in Georgia are green almost all year round, while in Spain the situation is different. This is the reason why Iberian Pastures hope that its product will rival the famous Spanish ham not only in price but also in quality. "We think it will affect positively because the herb is a natural antioxidant and is good for healing", added Kurt Oriol.
At this time, prices for Jamon (Iberian ham) on international markets are between $1,000 and $1,500 and the US market was confronted for many years with counterfeit products and smuggled products.

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