- NOT ALL PORKS ARE BORN EQUAL -
Selecting the finest Jamón, cured to perfection, is not easy. Luckily for us, the brand Tomás Lopez guarantees the highest of Jamón quality and in compliance with official Spanish labeling control. Our finest Jamóns will come from the Huelva/Extremadura region and our Jamón de Cebo and 100% Duroc from the Salamanca region.
- THE JAMÓN BREEDS -
🐖 We all know that the pure porc breed of 100% Ibérico is the best, but some Ibérico pigs will mate with another breed called Duroc and only spend a part of their life in the wild outdoors of a Dehesa.
Ibérico Porks - Traditionally, pigs raised in a Dehesa are pure premium breeds called Ibérico, which are especially distinguishable for having black feet. Did you know that the term “Pata Negra” is a direct translation for black feet?
Duroc Porks - The high-class breeds of Ibérico can also mate with another more common breed of “Pata Negra” pork, called Duroc. Although it also produces a delicate ham that can be enjoyed as 100% Duroc, this breed of pork is less rare than the Ibérico breed.
Others - Finally, Spain produces a wide array of good quality ham from common pork breeds. Labels such as Reserva and Grand Reserva, without details on its breed, will normally indicate a good quality Spanish ham. These cannot be compared to the prestigious Ibérico breeds!