Spain has the largest figures worldwide for ham production and consumption. Although many hams are still cured in the traditional, artisan way, the old, natural drying-chambers have largely been replaced by modern chillers that maintain the ideal temperature and humidity conditions throughout the process.
There are different levels of quality for cured ham depending on the origin of the fresh meat, the breed and diet of the pig, how it is tended and slaughtered, the skill and care of the producers and the duration of the whole process. The minimum curing period is seven months, but it may be much longer depending on the initial weight of the ham and other factors.
ICEX/Foods and Wines from Spain in the Netherlands in cooperation with the Dutch association for deli and cheese shops (Stichting Foodspecialiteiten Nederland/Vakcentrum), is organizing a presentation with a tasting of Spanish hams and processed meat products, with the aim of promoting the presence and to increase knowledge of these products in the Netherlands.