Jamón: Spanish Ham (Bacon from Spain)Each country has its special tradition and also has its special food. In Vietnam, we have PHỞ. In Italy, they have pasta... And in Spain, they have a very delicious food: Jamon, or we call BACON or Ham in English.
Spanish Jamon hanging from the ceiling
Looking at Jamon (jamón serrano) at the first sight, not all the people know what it is. Usually we know bacon as a kind of meat that is cooked. And when it is served to you, it's already cut into small pieces. However, in Spain, when you enter to any supermarkets, you will see "the whole jamon". It means the whole leg of pig, which the Spanish smoke it to become Jamon. Of course, we have bacon everywhere, but jamon from Spain is the best. It's good because of its quality. The local people smoke jamon carefully in a special way that we can keep the jamon for a long time. Spanish can have the jamon to eat in few months. Every time we want to eat, just use the sharp knife to cut it into small slices. The rest, we will keep for the next time.
Jamón Ibérico de BellotasBecause it's so good like that, the price of jamon is expensive too. The price depends on the quality. Normally, the meat inside has to be in dark red color. And if you choose from the outside, look at the nails colors. You should choose the one which is in black. Usually, the nails will be in pink. The highest price can be up to 200 Euros/kg or more. The best jamon in Spain is Jamón Ibérico de bellota.
Tapa made from Jamón - Food made Jamon
Jamon is the best meat ever in Spain. That's why it's a good present on Christmas. It's also served in the restaurant at the starter meal. Jamon is used with bread or vegetable.
If you come to Spain, let's try Jamon. If not, you are going to miss something!!!