Jamon Iberico Bellota

Jamon Iberico Bellota

This extraordinary 75% Pure Iberico blood line and 25% Duroc Jersey pig is exclusively fed Bellota (Acorn) . This Iberico pig comes from a female pure Iberico pig. The curing period is from 24 to 30 months, depending on the size of the leg.
Origin
Spain (Guijuelo - Salamanca)
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Julian Martin is a strict family enterprise specialising in Iberian ham. Situated in Guijuelo Salamanca, they remain true to tradition. Allowing Nature, not technique to work the final result, curing the legs with the help of the mountain air circulation through open windows for a minimum of 2 years.

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Guijuelo

Julian Martin’s history starts in 1933 in Guijuelo,in the foothills of the Béjar and Gredos mountain ranges,  a region in the south-eastern part of the province of Salamanca, Spain. This area has a traditional link with the world of Iberian Pork, producing more than 70% of Spain’s national production.

This region, situated at an altitude of more than 8,300 feet above sea level, has a continental climate which is known for it’s long hard winters, and by contrast, it’s short very hot summers.

The meat curing activity in these Castillian regions is legendary, going back many centuries in time. It is said that even in the Middle Ages, the Duke of Béjar demanded products from Guijuelo, and that this jewel of the Salamanca pantry had its place amongst the offerings made to the Virgin de la Yedra.

It was not until 1880, however, that the slaughter of pigs was undergone on an industrial scale, favoured by the building of the national motorway and train lines.

Half a century later, the name Julian Martin became associated with Guijuelo and its prestigious cured meats.

The Iberian Black Pig

The first secret to be learnt about the extraordinariness of Julian Martin’s products is the existence of the Iberian breed of pig, characteristic of the Peninsula, a descendant of the Southern Mediterranean wild boar, bred mainly in south-western Spain, and south-eastern Portugal, whose exclusive genome makes it rightfully a breed of its own.

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Pastures and Acorns

The unique breed of Iberian pig would not exist were it not for their pastures that cover the extraordinary ecosystem made up of Mediterranean woodland, sprinkled with holm oak trees, cork trees and “quejigos” (small acorn producing tree) as well as a variety of rich grasslands.

The ecosystem in the Iberian Peninsula stretches over 3.9 million hectares, covering large expanses of territory of special ecological value in the Extremadura, Western Andalucia, Castilla y Leon, La Mancha and Madrid. The Spanish word “dehesa” (pasture or meadow) stems from Latin and means defence, as these are exactly the perfect surroundings for livestock’s safe refuge.

This is the environment which the Iberian pig enjoys, living a life of freedom in the pure fresh air, feeding on a completely natural diet, based on acorns, rich in oleic acids and responsible for the scent of the hams. In the season when the fruit falls from the trees, “montanera” from the end of October to February, the animals move over great distances in their search for food, developing a high degree of consistency in their muscles and facilitating the infiltration of fats into the meat, both factors being characteristics of the products obtained from the Iberian pig.

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