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The Most Expensive Ham in the World
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The most expensive ham in the world, which sells for 4,100 euros a leg, just won the organic food Oscar. The 'Biofach' in Nuremberg (Germany), the largest European fair for organic production - a sector with a continental market value of 10,000 million euros, according to the International Trade Center agency - has distinguished a ham from Huelva as the best ecological product available.

The creator of this exquisite product is Eduardo Donato, a Catalan who has been living in Cortegana (Huelva) for 26 years and who has managed to save his unique species of pig: the Manchado of Jabugo, of which only a little over a hundred reproducing specimens are left, and thus in danger of extinction.

Eduardo Donato, 67, considers it the most valuable, not the most expensive because what reaches the consumer's palate is the result of years and years of "patience, passion and pleasure".

At Dehesa Maladúa, this variety “Manchado de Jabugo” (“Spotted Jabugo”) has been bred and raised in perfect harmony with the pristine habitat of their Mediterranean forest.

The “Manchado de Jabugo” faithfully exemplifies the Iberian pig of olden days. By enjoying the utmost of its pasture’s wealth like no other, the free-roaming pigs present us with charcuterie of a quality that rises above any other variety of Iberian pig. Experts from all over the country have hailed this ham as unique and 'truly special', if only it were a little cheaper!!!


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