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Maldonado Albarragena "Bellota" Ham
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Maldonado Albarragena "Bellota" Ham

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Description of Maldonado Albarragena "Bellota" Ham

Brand
Maldonado
Breed
Purebred Iberian
Diet
Bellota Top quality: pig fed exclusively on acorns (more)
Origin
Extremadura
Cut
Hind leg
Hog cuts: ham
Producer
Maldonado
Production
For its 2007 Albarragena series, Maldonado worked separately with several groups of pigs. Their characteristics were the same as the 2006 series: purebred Iberian pigs of the lampiño line.
The animals were born in February 2005 and butchered in February 2007. They were reared on the open range in woodlands in southwestern Spain, with a density of 6-10 hectares/animal (ten times more than for the best hams).
At the end of the curing period, the cuts with the best organoleptic characteristics will be selected for Maldonado's 2007 Albarragena series.
The first part of the montanera, or fattening period, began in the spring and summer of 2006, when the pigs' diet consisted exclusively of the ecosystem's natural resources - grasses, roots, tubers, etc. - until the next montanera.
At the start of the 2007 montanera the average weight was 72 kg. At the completion of the fattening period at the end of February, the average weight was 170 kg.
Salting time is short and traditional processing methods are used.
Cuts are cured and aged for nearly three years in natural drying houses and cellars, taking advantage of the beneficent climate of Albuquerque, at an altitude of 500 metres in the San Pedro mountain range.
This an extraordinarily healthy product with an oleic acid content of 58.29% (bellota grade officially requires 54% minimum oleic acid).
Albarragena has an unusually firm flesh because its fat comes only from acorns. Its low salt content and sweet nuances are a surprise for the palate.
Enjoying your jamón
We recommend eating your jamón within 6 months after delivery.

Packaging & shipping

Packaging

An Albarragena ham ships in a wooden box, with its quality certificates.

Returns guarantee

If your product is faulty, we will exchange it or refund your money. We will cover the full cost of returning the item and shipping the new one. [How to know if my ham is faulty]

Items must be returned in the original packaging within 15 days after the date of delivery.

We cannot accept returns if the weight of the piece returned (without fat and rind) is less than 75% of the original weight.

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Maldonado - Extremadura

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Cárnicas Maldonado is one of the most renowned artisanal producers in Extremadura. Proof of this is that their hams have received several Premios Espiga awards.

All Maldonado cuts come with a quality certificate guaranteeing that they have passed the rigorous controls of origin (purebred Iberian pigs), diet (acorns) and processing (artisanal).


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