Why Spanish Iberian Ham is the World’s Most Expensive Cured Meat

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Claudia Romeo: Today we’re in Cortegana, in the Sierra de Huelva in Andalusia in Spain, to find out all about Ibérico ham.

Iberian ham, or jamón Ibérico, is one of the most expensive meats in the world. A leg of it can cost as much as $4,500. But what is it about this cured meat that makes it cost so much?

The reason why it’s so prestigious is actually standing behind me. I don’t know if you can see, but there is some pigs behind me, and they are of this special breed called the black Iberian pigs. During their life, they feed mostly on acorns, which are very, very present in the Sierra here, and that’s what gives this ham such a special flavor. So, today, we’re going to visit a ham factory to learn more about how the actual ham is made, and then we’re going to talk about how it’s cut, how it’s served, and taste it to see why it is so special.

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