Aljomar 100% Iberico acorn-fed ham selected as best Iberico ham in Spain
Published : 08/10/2022 08:53:55
Categories : News
Aljomar 100% Iberico acorn-fed ham has been awarded best Iberico ham in Spain, 2022 in this year’s Alimentos de España (Foods of Spain) awards, convened by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The results were announced this week.
The Aljomar ‘black label’ received the maximum score in a rigorous blind taste test developed by tasters from the Research and Agri-alimentary Technology Institute (IRTA), and by industry specialists convened by the Ministry; taking into account sensory aspects as well as the form and aesthetics of the piece, including its aroma, texture and flavour.
This important award recognizes excellence in the development of a star product in Spanish gastronomy and highlights the high quality applied by the Aljomar family in the production of their product over the last 30 years, carefully controlling every detail of the production cycle: from the selection and breeding of pure breed Iberico pigs, the careful feeding in the Dehesa pastures, and to the detailed curing process in Guijelo. The entire process recognized by the Animal Welfare certification for its entire livestock.
The result? the best 100% Iberico acorn-fed ham in Spain according to the experts.
Jamones Aljomar Management are very proud of this award, which recognizes “a job well done every day by all those dedicated to ensure the quality, from the Dehesa pastures to the end-consumer. We congratulate the more than 400 people who make up this wonderful family. We are very grateful to all those who form part of this group: from the Vera Vieja farm, the El Navajo Slaughterhouse, and the manufacturing plant in Guijuelo” explains Jose Luis Sanchez, from the Management Team at Aljomar; aware of the great chain of value hidden behind each and every one of these excellent pieces.
The Alimentos de España award is not the only prize awarded to Aljomar. Company founder and president Alfonso Sanchez was recently presented with the ANICE award for a Business Career, revealing a lifetime of dedication to the world of Iberico and following through each day with the company’s slogan: ‘One family, one job’
Aljomar: the ‘Pata Negra’
Aljomar 100% Iberico acorn-fed ham is sourced from free-range animals roaming on our own farms, Certified Animal Welfare approved, feeding exclusively on acorn and natural fodder from our pastures, all of which transfer flavour, texture and unique aromas to our products, recently recognized by judges as the best Iberico ham in Spain.
This product comes from 100% Iberico pigs, meaning both parents were also 100% Iberico, resulting in a purebred pig commonly referred to as ‘Pata Negra’.
Aljomar products are Certified Animal Welfare Approved. This certification guarantees the welfare of the animal in each step of the production process, from breeding the Iberico pigs on our own farms, to the processes used in our plants, assuring the application of best practices throughout the food chain.
Acorn-fed Iberico ham is a source of indispensable vitamins and minerals, as well as high biological value protein. At the same time, numerous studies have identified the heart-healthy properties of this product, the antioxidant properties and high content of B1 to combat anxiety and stress.