Product: Pure Iberian Acorn Ham
Brand: 5 J
Producer: Sanchez Romero Carvajal
Country of Origin: Spain
Region: Andalucía
Town: Jabugo
Approximate Price per kilo: 160 euros to 60 euros cut or whole pieces.
Approximate Weight: Sold machine cut or hand cut, whole pieces 6-8 kg and also in packs of 100 grams vacuum packed.
Prizes and Recognition: Crystal Award 2011 for the highest possible rating of three stars, three consecutive times in the prestigious International Taste Award granted in Brussels (Belgium).

GourmetSearcher.com score of 100 points: 96/100

Why does it deserve our mention?
It is one of the most renowned dishes in Spanish haute cuisine and for its commitment to quality and purity of the Iberian pig breed for over 100 years. Its history dates back to 1879 with the opening of one of the first Iberian Pig slaughterhouses by Don Juan Rafael Sanchez Romero in the town of Jabugo, located in the province of Huelva (Andalusia).  The high quality of Iberian Ham 5 Jacks originates from its rigorous selection process that ensures genetic purity of these animals to 100% Iberian pig breed. Sanchez Romero Carvajal takes the baby pigs aged four months old and places them in their “nurseries” for a month of being pampered and being fed only grain preparing them for a life in the countryside. The critical and decisive period of the pigs rearing lasts four months and runs from November to February, the pig's start with "only" 90 kg weight and finish with 160 kg. It is estimated that each pig eats over 1000 kg of acorns in total and that for every kilogram of animal weight gain it is estimated they eat about 12 kilograms of acorns, apart from herbs, seeds and roots found in the countryside. The hams remain in drying or natural Bodegas for a period of between 24 and 30 months. Besides being a world-class gastronomic jewel, this is a heart-healthy ham, rich in Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9. Along with Caviar, Oysters and Foie Gras, this is one of the most exclusive and delicious products in the world.

How should you eat or cook it?
Freshly cut by hand in thin slices, presented on a white plate and always at room temperature. (The perfect slice of ham should be fine, about four or five inches long by four wide).

What wine should you have with it?
With a fine Sherry such as a Fino Jarana from the Emilio Lustau Revel Bodegas or a Champagne such as La Grande Annee Bollinger.

How should you keep it?
In a cool, dry place.

Where can you buy it?

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